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Boris helps to launch coffee recycling project

London mayor Boris Johnson got his hands dirty at the launch of a capital-wide coffee grounds collection scheme.

Johnson, alongside Zac Goldsmith MP, helped in the collection of coffee grounds to publicise the scheme at the Workshop Coffee shop in Clerkenwell, run by green energy company Bio-bean.

Bio-bean turns used coffee grounds into biomass pellets which are used to power energy networks. Its factory has the capacity to process 50,000 tonnes of waste grounds every year – one in 10 cups of coffee drunk in the UK.

Johnson said: “They’ve done the hard grind and now Londoners can enjoy their daily coffee fix in the safe knowledge that, as well as their own caffeine kick, the energy levels of as many as 15,000 homes are being boosted.”

Bio-bean chief executive Arthur Kay said: “The London collection service marks a milestone in our UK development because we collect waste coffee grounds at every scale, saving money on waste disposal fees and creating sustainability advantages for each of our clients.

“Joining Bio-bean’s collection route couldn’t be easier. If the mayor can do it, you can too.”

The daily coffee ground collection service is run in collaboration with recycling company First Mile. Every tonne recycled saves up to 6.8 tonnes of C02 equivalent.

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