For the past year or so, Gail at Peet's Coffee in Berkeley has been researching ways to recycle tons of coffee grounds from a few of Peet's Bay Area stores. Today she told me that 7 stores create 5 tons of grounds per week. Currently 2 tons per week are being composted. I didn't note where they are being composted. I think she said the composting is being done in plastic tubes that have air flowing through them (plastic tubes worry me a bit for obvious reasons). Then there is at least one vineyard experimenting with grounds and it has had favorable reports so far.
5 tons x 52 weeks = 260 tons (or 520,000 pounds) per year. This is only from 7 of Peet's outlets.
Please suggest locations for recycling and give names of contacts.
Gail Greenlee doesn't have web access. Contact her at the original Peet's in Berkeley at 2124 Vine St. 510-841-0564. Or you can email me. I go by there each day.
PO Box 517
Berkeley CA 94701
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