Waste Not Want Not

A man doesn’t simply go to drink coffee after climbing, coffee is an integral part of climbing.
— Wolfgang Gullich


It’s undeniably a big part of climbing culture, right? It’s that magic rocket fuel that’s always there to help you give it the beans… if you’ll pardon the pun. Whilst you’ve all seen the latte’s, the flat whites and the americano’s, you probably haven’t seen the mountains of coffee grounds which end up going in the bin!

More recently at The Arch, we’ve been making a drive to reduce our business’s impact on the environment, and a big part of this has been looking into how we can reduce and improve our waste disposal.

In order to do this, I conducted a waste audit, during which it became very apparent how much us climbers really love our coffee!


Author Bio

Joe is our Sustainability Coordinator here at The Arch It’s his job to make sure we are doing all we can to lower our impact on the world around us.


As a result of the 95 millions cups of coffee we drink per day, the UK produces 500,000 tonnes of coffee grounds every year! A large amount of which end up in landfill, where they emit methane, a nasty greenhouse gas which is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Whilst we were using the food waste disposal here in the Biscuit Factory Complex, I was still keen to do something more with the grounds which were leaving the centre every day, and after some investigation I found bio-bean, a company which uses waste coffee grounds for some rather special projects.

Founded on the premise that there is no such thing as waste, just resources in the wrong place, bio-bean take highly calorific coffee grounds and use them to create clean fuels like their Coffee Logs and Biomass Pellets.

By using bio-bean, the disposal of our coffee grounds produces 80% fewer emissions than landfill, whilst simultaneously contributing to the creation of clean fuels which displace conventional fossil fuels! Pretty cool right?

This is just one of the things we have been working on to reduce our impact on the environment, and I’m hoping to share more with you very soon.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations regarding sustainability, do get in touch: sustainability@archclimbingwall.com

Thanks for reading,

Joe Partridge - Sustainability Coordinator

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