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Coffee to compost

intu Derby helps local gardens grow with new Compost Café

Cafes and coffee shops at intu Derby are giving green-fingered gardeners throughout the region free coffee-grounds to help their flower beds and veg patches bloom

Cafes and coffee shops at intu Derby are giving green-fingered gardeners throughout the region free coffee-grounds to help their flower beds and veg patches bloom.

The coffee to compost scheme will see used coffee granules, generated by venues within intu Derby, re-packed into new bags and made available for shoppers to collect from the centre’s ‘Compost Café’.

Visitors can pick up a packet from the new hub on level 1 near Debenhams, which when added to compost will help increase the nutrient density of soil, prevent weed growth, and even deter some pests.

As well as helping gardens throughout Derbyshire blossom and grow, it is expected that the ground-breaking initiative will prevent waste coffee granules from being disposed of with the centre’s general waste each month, with seven venues taking part, including Starbucks, Thorntons, Marks & Spencer Café and BB’s.

The ‘Coffee to Compost’ scheme comes as part of intu’s Green Lab project, which aims to help address and tackle the many environmental challenges that businesses and wider society face.

Carly Salisbury, marketing manager at intu Derby, said: “We are very excited to launch the coffee to compost scheme in centre. It is wonderful to see so many of our retailers get on board and back the scheme, which will significantly help reduce the centre’s monthly waste and ecological impact, as well as put a smile on local green-fingered gardeners!

“We are dedicated about taking steps to increase the centre’s sustainability, from encouraging recycling to reducing energy usage. We know our customers are just as environmentally aware as we are, and hope visitors will support our latest project by picking up some free coffee-grounds from the Compost Café on their next visit,” she added.

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