With the Bank Holiday weekend just around the corner, intu Trafford Centre has launched a sustainability initiative to reduce the waste of leftover coffee from its coffee shops, turning it into compost.
With thousands of cups of coffee sold each week across the centre, the volume of ground coffee going to waste was significant. It was therefore a no brainer to turn the ground coffee into rich compost for customers to use at home.
Shoppers can now help themselves to a free bag of compost from the Compost Café on lower Peel Avenue, outside Marks and Spencers every Friday from 2pm helping to add a little zing into their soil and providing their garden with a little boost ready to flourish in the summer.
Coffee shops involved in the initiative to sign up to donate their leftover coffee grounds include; Costa, Starbucks, EAT, Caffé Nero, LEON and Krispy Kreme.
Research into landfill waste has found that the UK sends over half a million tonnes of ground coffee to landfill every year.
Composting coffee has proven to be an effective way to reduce the waste, whilst also helping to provide a valuable source of nutrition as ground coffee provides an excellent source of nitrogen, which encourages garden growth. Simply work the compost into the soil, sit back and watch the garden grow.
The last week of May provides the perfect opportunity for those with green fingers to get out in the garden as it’s the point when frost is least likely to kill off any planting, providing the perfect opportunity for a host of flowers to bloom.