Does your restaurant simply throw away coffee grounds during service? Think again! Those leftover grounds can be repurposed in all sorts of creative and useful ways, helping you reduce waste and get more mileage out of your coffee. Here are some ideas to give those coffee grounds a second life:


Odor Neutralizer: Place a bowl of dried coffee grounds in your fridge or freezer to absorb unwanted odours. Coffee grounds have natural deodorizing properties that can help neutralize smells and keep your fridge smelling fresh.

Garden Fertilizer: Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, which makes them an excellent addition to your garden soil. Sprinkle used coffee grounds around the base of your plants to enrich the soil and promote healthy growth. Just be sure to mix them into the soil to prevent mould growth.

Compost Boost: Add coffee grounds to your compost bin to speed up the decomposition process and add valuable nutrients to your compost. Coffee grounds are considered a green material, so be sure to balance them out with plenty of brown materials like leaves or cardboard.

DIY Fire Starter: Mix dried coffee grounds with melted wax and pour the mixture into old egg cartons to create homemade fire starters. The coffee grounds act as a fuel source, helping to ignite the flames and get your fire going quickly and efficiently.


Next time you reach for the trash can to dispose of your coffee grounds, consider giving them a second life with one of these creative repurposing ideas. Not only will you be reducing waste, but may even be supporting a complementary industry also seeking to do good!