Coffee Grounds

When separated from other organic waste streams, coffee grounds can be recycled into creating high-quality compost and reused as a source of fuel for renewable energy plants.  

What is Veolia’s offering?

Veolia offers collection, transfer and disposal services for this stream, and the details around which equipment would be best suited to your needs can be found here.


Veolia advises all clients to undergo a site waste assessment prior to their selection of equipment and schedules to receive best value for our services.

Why should you separate coffee grounds from your general waste?

Locally, we accept coffee grounds at all of our organics recycling facilities such as Earthpower in Sydney and Dandenong NRS in Melbourne and utilise our existing recycling partnerships to ensure our clients can divert this stream from landfill.

What are some of Veolia’s innovations for used coffee grounds?

Globally, specifically in the Netherlands for a client called Douwe Egberts Master Blenders (DEMB), Veolia developed a solution where we can reuse their previously wasted coffee grounds to produce steam, thus reducing their consumption of natural gas.  

As a company that produces instant coffee and liquid concentrated coffees using vast quantities of steam, they benefited greatly from being able to use their wasted coffee grounds as a source of fuel to power their biomass boiler, fit with a drying and combustion system.

Designed to support the increasing production of the site, this biomass boiler now consumes 33,000 tonnes of spent coffee grounds per year. Since implementation, the site has reduced its natural gas consumption significantly, leading to a 70% reduction in its CO2 emissions, the equivalent to 14,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Want to learn more about how your coffee grounds can add to the circular economy?

Learn more about how your coffee grounds can be recycled by visiting our treatments page as well as our global site.