GROUNDS FOR GROWTH
Norwich’s intu Chapelfield shopping centre has launched a groundbreaking initiative to re-use coffee grounds, potentially diverting around a tonne of waste coffee granules from being disposed of with other general waste each month. Used coffeegrounds, generated by 11 cafes and restaurants in intu Chapelfield, are being re-packed into their original bags, collected and made available to shoppers for free at the Compost Café on the lower ground mall
The scheme, developed by the centre’s environmental services manager, Ryan Marshall, is already very popular with gardeners, who are re-using the grounds to help their flower beds and veg patches bloom.
“With the number of retailers we have on board, we’re able to give away around 260 bags of coffee grounds every week. It’s already proving to be incredibly popular, with stocks running out very quickly,” says Ryan.
The grounds, mixed with compost, can add nutrients to the soil, prevent weed growth and even deter some pests. intu.co.uk/chapelfield