How does etc venues help to produce biofuels?

Venue Name

etc venues

Contribution by

Maria Griffiths



Area of sustainability (i.e. food waste, single use plastics)

circular economy

What were the objectives of the Social Responsibility or Environmental initiative?

Repurpose our coffee grounds

Project Summary

Coffee ground recycling is ideal for any organisation serving lots of fresh coffee as we do at etc venues with over 1 milion coffees a year served. Our coffee grounds are collected from each venue in the UK and taken to bio-bean who produce bio-fuel pellets for powering bio-mass boilers.

Detail of project

“Paper Round collects our coffee grounds which are then sent to
bio-bean. They were the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into biofuels and chemicals. At their site in Alconbury Cambridgeshire, they recycle waste coffee grounds into sustainable, high performance products, such as biofuel pellets used to power biomass boilers. Biofuels are carbon neutral and reduces the need to use
fossil fuels.”

Impact on stakeholders

We have only just started this journey however we are able to measure how many kilos of coffee ground we have recycled and how many kilos of CO2 we have saved and therefore how many trees we have saved.

Companies or partners who contributed to the project

Paper Round recycling services

How did the project meet the original objectives and what were the successful outcomes?

This project will only get more successful as we progress.

How were objectives and outcomes measured?

These will be measured going forwards by calculating how much we have recycled and how many kilos of CO2 we have saved.

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