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Coffee Grounds & Food Waste Collection

Year 1: Coffee Grounds Collection Trial

On 1st October 2014, Tauranga City Council (TCC) was awarded funding of $12,000 from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC), Waste Resources Advisory Group (WRAG) to collect coffee grounds only from 20 cafes in Tauranga City. This pilot ran successfully and resulted in 19 cafes signed up to the pilot. The contract was awarded to Waste Management. This pilot finished in November 2015. A total of 26 tonnes of coffee grounds were diverted from landfill as part of this trial.

Year 2: Coffee Grounds and Food Waste Collection Trial – FINISHED

On 29th October 2015, Tauranga City Council (TCC) was awarded funding of $13,500 from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC), Waste Resources Advisory Group (WRAG) to extend the above pilot programme to collect food scraps in addition to coffee grounds and to expand the programme from 20 cafes to 40 cafes and restaurants in Tauranga City. The contract was awarded to Why Waste, who was servicing all of the bins. 

This trial  finished on the 25th November 2016. 

If any business is interested in diverting their coffee grounds and / or food scraps from landfill, they are encouraged to explore the following options: 

  • Look at their waste stream and try to eliminate excess food waste;
  • Contact a private service provider to ask for a quote to collect this material (e.g. Why Waste or Waste Management);
  • Offer coffee grounds to customers for their garden;
  • Donate surplus food to charity organisations e.g. Good Neighbour; or
  • Give to a pig farmer

Businesses are also encouraged to register for the Resource Wise Business Program, which provides free waste audits and advice on how businesses can reduce waste to landfill and save money at the same time.

For more information and to register go to www.tauranga.govt.nz/services/rubbish-recycling/minimising-waste/in-your-business


Last Reviewed: 28/11/2016