Recycling in our stores
In partnership with Veolia, we recycle plastics and cardboard in our owned UK stores. Any residual waste is processed and converted into energy. We currently recycle around 56% of the waste we generate, slightly down on our pre-pandemic levels, and send less than 0.5% of our waste to landfill. We continue to engage our team members to boost recycling rates and identify how we can support them recycle more whilst running busy stores with limited back-of-house space.
In all of our owned UK stores we don’t throw away our used coffee grounds, we send them back via our distribution network to a coffee recycling company called bio-bean, a Certified B Corporation™. bio-bean then upcycle the coffee grounds into new products, such as Coffee Logs – planet-friendly fire logs for your wood burner or stove. The logs are available for purchase through many major retailers across the UK. We've upcycled more than 20,000 tonnes of coffee grounds since our partnership with bio-bean began in 2016. Learn more about bio-bean.
Customers can also pick up a free bag of coffee grounds for their compost heap or garden. Please ask your local store for availability.