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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 21 July '15
Network Rail stations get a caffeine kick thanks to coffee recycling deal
Buying a coffee in Britain’s biggest and busiest railway stations just got greener, thanks to a new recycling project that’s turning coffee waste into fuel and helping to cut the cost of running the railway.
Following a successful trial at London’s Victoria and Waterloo stations, Network Rail has signed an agreement with bio-bean, an award-winning green energy company that recycles waste coffee grounds and converts them to advanced biofuels.
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Coffee from London stations
Six of the largest railway stations in Britain have committed their coffee waste to the project. Between them, Euston, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo generate nearly 700 tonnes of coffee waste each year.
‘The UK generates over 500,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds each year, costing the coffee industry almost £80 million in waste disposal fees.
‘bio-bean recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels at an industrial scale, creating local, sustainable green energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.
‘We are delighted to provide a cost-effective disposal solution for waste coffee grounds from these major transport hubs.’
Arthur Kay, CEO of bio-bean
Heating from coffee
Rather than sending it to landfill, where it would release more than 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, this waste will now go to the bio-bean factory to be converted into over 650 tonnes of carbon-neutral biofuels for heating homes, offices and factories.
‘Millions of cups of coffee are bought in our stations every year and that number is growing as passenger numbers continue to rise. This partnership will see the waste from those purchases put to good use, creating biofuels that can be used in vehicles and to heat homes and saving more than 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
‘It’s good news that our stations are cutting their carbon footprint while also saving passengers and taxpayers money. The new solution is cheaper than sending the waste to landfill, which means we can invest more in making the railway better for the four million people who travel by rail each day.’
David Biggs, managing director of property at Network Rail
Each tonne of waste coffee grounds creates over 5,700 kilowatt hours of energy. The 700 tonnes of coffee waste that would otherwise have been wasted will be enough to power 1,000 homes for a year.
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