Grounds for your Garden

Starbucks is a company committed to significantly reducing the amount of  waste their stores generates, and recycling is just one way in which we can all do this. When looking at the waste generated at a Starbucks store, most of it can be found behind the counter or in the backroom in the form of cardboard boxes, milk jugs, syrup bottles, and coffee grounds. Many of their stores recycle these items, but because it is done behind the counter and in the backroom, it’s not something we will usually see. One of the biggest waste products the Starbucks coffee company creates is in their used up coffee grounds. Starbucks came up with a program back in 1995 called Grounds for Your Garden. The program provides interested customers with complimentary five-pound bags of soil-enriching coffee grounds. The grounds provide generous amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper into the soil. They also release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade. Where commercial composting is available, many stores are able to divert any remaining coffee grounds and food waste from the landfill as well. So now that you have your coffee grounds, how do you use them? Use of Starbucks coffee grounds in amending mineral soils up to 35 percent by volume coffee grounds will improve soil structure over the short-term and over the long-term.

For more information on how use the ground for your own garden check out: http://www.sunset.com/garden/earth-friendly/starbucks-coffee-compost-test-00400000016986/

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