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Green Lab 2018: Compost cafe

intu Chapelfield is pioneering our first Compost Café, an innovative scheme where coffee grounds that make thousands of cups of coffee in the centre every day are collected to be reused for compost by local gardeners.

The concept is simple: centre retailers refill their non-recyclable coffee bean bags with their waste coffee grounds. The bags are collected by the centre team, labelled and displayed in the centre’s Compost Café shop for visitors to take free of charge. Retailers participating in the scheme and donating their coffee include Caffè Nero and Starbucks.

"Caffè Nero is passionate about recycling and we already separate out and recycle our cups and other packaging with the support and help of the shopping centre, so when Ryan came and explained about the Compost Café scheme I was really keen to get involved.”

Luciano Vaccaro
Manager, Caffè Nero


bags of coffee grounds given away

In the first six months 2,400 bags have been collected with 3,600 kg of coffee grounds saved from general waste. The scheme has since been rolled out to intu Potteries and our London office.

Compost Café received a silver award for environmental management improvement at the Green Apple Environment Awards and we will be growing this initiative in 2019.

Compost Café forms part of intu’s innovation hub, Green Lab, which identifies new sustainability initiatives and rolls out ideas to address the environmental challenges that businesses and wider society face today.