bio-bean is acting in response to two global concerns: 1) responsible waste collection and disposal and 2) clean, cheap energy production.
Annually, London produces over 200,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds; the majority of which ends up in landfill, costing coffee waste producers over £50m and releasing thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases. The company has built the world’s first waste coffee recycling factory at Alconbury Weald, Cambridgeshire, with the capacity to process 50,000 tonnes per year.
bio-bean provides both a service and a product:
• the service: bio-bean partners with waste management companies to collect spent coffee grounds from local cafes and coffee producers enabling businesses to dispose of their waste responsibly and eliminate associated costs.
• the product: bio-bean sells biomass pellets and, in the near future, biomass briquettes, barbecue charcoal, biodiesel and biochemical.
bio-bean aims to shift the coffee industry from a linear system to a circular one, recycling waste coffee grounds into renewable energy and enabling businesses to implement cost-effective circular initiatives, that bring added value and sustainability to the back-end of supply chains.
At present there is no large-scale recycling system established to extend the product life of coffee grounds. bio-bean provides novel technologies and solutions to waste disposal issues present throughout the coffee industry, delivering significant cost-savings and bringing environmental and social value to future business practice.
bio-bean looks to tackle coffee waste on a global scale, scaling first nationally, then internationally. bio-bean is a closed-loop business that places sustainability at its core, utilising a long-term, triple bottom line strategy to bring about economic, environmental and social benefits.