EDP Norfolk - - FOOD NEWS -

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.­d

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