Caffè Nero brews up a greener plan

Caffè Nero has unveiled new plans to use waste coffee grounds to make low carbon fuel. It has joined forces with recycling company First Mile, which picks up coffee waste […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Caffè Nero has unveiled new plans to use waste coffee grounds to make low carbon fuel.

It has joined forces with recycling company First Mile, which picks up coffee waste from 122 Caffè Nero stores in Greater London and takes it to bio-bean’s Cambridgeshire factory.

It is then converted into pellets that can be used in wood burners to heat buildings.

By July 2017, around 218 tonnes of used coffee grounds will be repurposed, producing enough fuel to heat 435 homes a year.

Matt Spencer, Commercial Director of Caffè Nero said: “We are always looking at ways to improve our recycling so we are very excited to be working with First Mile and bio-bean on this initiative and will seek to extend it beyond Greater London.”

Coffee recyclers bio-bean is also working on converting coffee grounds into biodiesel to fuel cars. One tonne of waste coffee grounds creates enough biodiesel to fill four cars.

Waste coffee recycled by Caffè Nero every year would be enough to fuel a complete circle of the M25 around 3,689 times.

London-based Beanergi also collects coffee waste from shops across the capital, converts it into pellets which are used in biomass stoves for heating.