Starbucks Continues Free Coffee Grounds Program to Help Gardeners Boost Their Blooms: ‘We Can Keep Valuable Material Out of Landfills’

Starbucks is promoting the use of recycled coffee grounds in its Grounds for Your Garden program, which encourages customers to recycle their coffee grounds into compost and garden boosters. This initiative, which began almost 30 years ago, aims to reduce waste and contribute to a more sustainable future. The program involves baristas putting the grounds into empty espresso bean bags, ensuring that the waste is not thrown away in landfills.

Food waste, the largest component of U.S. landfills, releases methane as it decomposes, releasing pounds of harmful greenhouse gases. By using coffee grounds in gardens, the company aims to reduce pollution and make plants healthier, which helps absorb carbon dioxide from the air. The grounds also serve as natural repellents to common garden pests like ants and slugs.

A blog post at found that using coffee grounds in gardening soil reduced methane levels, increased acidity, and nitrogen release. If you don’t have a garden but still want to support the program, the grounds can be used in various household tasks, such as baking and cooking, making exfoliating scrubs, and neutralizing odors.

The program is available in participating stores worldwide, with over half of all company-operated stores participating in the U.S. The company continues to explore creative ways to engage customers in its resource-positive journey, with coffee at the core, and reduce waste by 50% by 2030.

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