Coffee grounds

Coffee Ground Conundrum

September 5, 2018

By Stephanie Nickell

Sixty-four percent of Americans age 18 and older said they had a cup of coffee the previous day in 2018. That’s the highest levels seen since 2012, according to a survey conducted by the National Coffee Association. In 2016, PlanetArk reported 3,000 tons of waste coffee grounds were produced each year, with 93% of those grounds ending up in landfills.

Here are a few ideas for you to consider to help keep those coffee grounds out of the landfills.

  • Sprinkle used coffee grounds in the garden to protect plants against destructive garden pests.
  • Compost coffee grounds to use for fertilizer later.
  • Coffee grounds help absorb and eliminate odors, consider placing a bowl of coffee grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors.
  • Use coffee grounds to scour your pots and pans. The course texture makes them ideal for scrubbing hard-to-clean kitchen utensils.

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