We provide landfill diversion and resource recovery services for coffee shops operating in the food service sector
We are a social enterprise that collects and recycle waste coffee grounds into a stabilised horticultural amendment for use in organic food production. We offer vermicompost, vermi-design, consultations and products related to the vermiculture industry.
87% of coffee shops waste is comprised of biodegradable materials which have the added benefit of enchacing the vermicomposting process.
The vermiculture project is part funded by
We are located at the Leeds Beckett University, Landscape Resource Centre and Experimental Gardens, Queenswood Hall, Beckett Park, Leeds, England LS6 3QZ
We use a continuous-flow vermicomposting system for processing waste coffee grounds and paper. The original concept for the continuous-flow system was devised by a team of researchers at Rothamsted Experimental Research Station, UK in the early 80’s.
The concept was created to take advantage of the fact that composting worms typically prefer to remain quite close to the surface of whatever material they happen to be living in. They generally move towards the most recently added organic wastes, leaving higher concentrations of their castings behind.
We are responding to two global concerns; the social and environmental problems associated with food waste and disposal; and the rising demand for sustainable waste management systems.
Our mission is to help coffee shops operating in the food sector transition towards zero waste. Working together with businesses, institutions and communities to reap the benefits of reducing waste, and developing sustainable products by using resources in an efficient way.
Ian Fletcher, (B Arch Studies, BArch, DipArch, MA Arch & Urbanism)
Has worked in architectural practice in Trinidad & Tobago, and taught at Carleton University (Canada) and at the Birmingham School of Architecture before joining the Leeds School of Architecture. Ian is interested in theoretical and practical urban scale ideas, which can help post-industrial cities transition towards self-sufficiency. His research aims are to promote an ecological rethinking of post-industrial infrastructures, waste management and community engagement to maximise local food production, energy production and biodiversity.