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Starting Spring 2013, the North Loop Dunn Bros is offering free coffee grounds as compost to interested customers.
Coffee grounds are great for gardens, we generate a lot of it, and we’d love for this great stuff to find its way into your gardens rather than a landfill.
We want to make the Compost Program as simple as possible. If you want to participate, here’s all you have to do:
- E-mail email@example.com and let us know how many times a month you’d like to participate, on what day(s) of the week you’d prefer to pick up your grounds and for how long you’d like to continue. (Until we can gauge participation levels, we’ll limit to a maximum of two days per month.)
- Once we’ve confirmed, no sooner than 3 days before your recycling day, you provide us a clean, white plastic bin with your name, phone number and your pickup day(s) written in permanent marker. This bin must be no larger than 20” tall, 20” deep, and 10.5” across.
- On your recycling day, we’ll do our best to fill your bin with nothing but grounds and virgin paper filters*, just right for your garden.
- You must pick up your bin between 5 PM on your recycling day and noon the following day. If you don’t make your pick-up by noon, we’ll discard the grounds and put your bin aside for you for up to one week.
- If you miss two scheduled pick-ups, we’ll offer your spot to someone else. Alternatively, just e-mail us to let us know you’d like to stop.
So, how good are the grounds for your garden? Science Daily notes that at 2% nitrogen by volume, “used coffee grounds can be a safe substitute for nitrogen-rich manure in the compost pile.” They’re also non-acidic (close to pH neutral), and provide generous amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper.
For details on how to integrate coffee grounds effectively into your compost, go to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080707171641.htm*Our coffee filters are no more compostable than any other paper, but are made from virgin paper pulp and are oxygen bleached with NO chlorine.