Coffee and composting

Why do we compost?

Organic material + Landfills = Greenhouse gases

When organic (once living) material ends up in landfills, it is easy to assume it just decomposes. But we need to remember the high school science lesson that energy cannot be created or destroyed. When food scraps decompose in a landfill without the presence of oxygen, methane gas forms (a colorless, odorless gas 28x more potent than carbon dioxide). Composting helps reduce this impact. At Boarding Pass Coffee we separate our coffee byproducts of dry chafe (produced during the coffee roasting process) and wet grounds from coffee brewing. These materials are collected and used as composting materials for a variety of uses in the community. You can incorporate used coffee grounds into a home composting project!

Home composting in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Choose the type of compost bin for your yard
  2. Choose the location of your composter
  3. Make a compost lasagna by alternating layers of green and brown waste
  4. Keep adding kitchen and yard waste as it accumulates
  5. Repeat until your bin is full and use the output in your garden




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