Michael Raineri (2017)
“Creating a circular economy by transforming spent coffee grounds into a fertilizer product, the sale of which supports local community benefit organizations.”
Process Paper: (PDF)
Every year approximately 8,500 tons of spent coffee grounds are produced by New York City cafes. The Community Grounds Project addresses this organic waste problem by transforming these spent coffee grounds into a fertilizer product, the sale of which supports local community benefit organizations. Doing so empowers cafes to divert their organic waste from the landfill, allows small businesses to connect with and support their community, and increases conversation surrounding responsible waste management.