In the United States there are more than 330 million cups of java consumed each day. When you add in the coffee that is sipped in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Switzerland, and the rest of the world, it all adds up to a whole lot of used coffee grounds hitting the local landfill each year.
Now that is a tremendous amount of used coffee grounds being disposed of. Tossed into the landfill these left over coffee grounds are a tremendous amount of unnecessary waste which could have easily been recycled.
They are vegetable matter and should be composted or reused rather than deposited into the landfill where they combine with toxic materials to create more garbage.
Not only is recycling good for the environment but by reusing these coffee grinds you may also be able to solve a few household problems that you have around your home. Recycling or reusing items just makes good common sense.
There are a Lot of Uses for Old Grounds so Don't Trash Them
Coffee grinds make an excellent fertilizer, deodorizer, dye, stain, or bug repellent. Those old grinds that you would otherwise discard in your trash can be used to replace products that you would otherwise have to purchase.
When you recycle used coffee grinds you help to reduce the amount of trash that floods into our landfills each year. That one little basket of grinds may not look like too much material all by itself, but when you add up all the used grinds that you create in a year, well it adds up to quite a tremendous amount.
By recycling them you are also helping out the environment. There are a number of ways that you can recycle your used coffee grinds but the first step is to save them.
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Coffee Grounds are Nitrogen Rich Fertilizer Ideal for the Garden
If you live in a house or other housing unit which has a yard area then your used coffee grinds are going to come in very useful.
Sprinkled onto your plant beds, lawn, or garden those used coffee grounds make excellent fertilizer. They will seep into the ground to enrich the soil. It's so easy.
Coffee grinds contain a number of nutrients including calcium, nitrogen, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium so why would you want to put all that nutrition into your trash can?
Your used coffee grounds also repel bugs such as ants, slugs, and cutworms. So they are especially beneficial for root crops such as carrots and radishes that might otherwise be attacked by these garden pests.
One tiny creature who is very beneficial to your garden and who loves the taste of coffee grinds is your everyday earthworm. So another benefit to putting your used coffee grinds in the flower or garden bed is that you are going to attract and keep the earthworm population there happy.
And a little tip for those folks who love to fish: When transporting your earthworms keep them fresh longer by keeping them in a container filled with a mixture of soil and used coffee grinds.
Coffee Can Scare Some Pests Away From Your Garden
Ants hate used coffee grounds so much that you may actually be able to reduce the ant populations within your yard by simply applying regular doses of these grinds directly onto the ant colonies or hills that you find there.
Sprinkle barriers made from used coffee grinds around areas where you do not want these pests to venture.
Another creature that really is not fond of the smell of coffee grounds is the common household cat and this method of pest control will also work to keep her from venturing into those areas as well.
It is common knowledge that cats love a nice fresh kitty box so letting her know that your garden area is not one may actually be a nice side benefit of recycling your used coffee grinds there.
The Science Behind the Composting of Grounds
They can Also Help to Absorb Nasty Indoor Odors
Within the home used coffee grinds can serve a number of important purposes. Perhaps the most common of these is their usefulness as a room or fridge deodorizer.
Just as baking soda will absorb unpleasant odors from the air around it so will coffee grounds.The used grinds can be either sun dried or oven dried and after which they will be ready for use. They can be set in a container or tied up in a used stocking and hung in any location where they are needed.
The used coffee grounds can be used for freshening the fridge, freezer, closets, lockers, sneakers, vehicles, tackle box, or any other smelly location. Once they have performed their job there they can then be sent off to the flower bed to to be composted.
There are Many Household Uses for old Coffee Grounds
Used coffee grinds are an excellent dye for darkening light colored paper, clothing, or wood. Grounds soaked in boiling water can create a dye for clothing or for re-staining a scratched wood surface.
Want to make an old looking treasure map? Well you can do that with lightly moistened grounds. This vintage looking paper is ideal for a birthday, barbecue, or Easter party where you host a scavenger / treasure hunt for your guests to participate in.
Used coffee grounds can also be added into dark colored paints to create a unique textured coloring when it comes time to touch up the house a bit. And there are even more uses for this all too often discarded household byproduct.
In the winter time the used coffee grinds can be sprinkled on icy pathways to prevent an unexpected fall. Come spring these grounds will turn into instant fertilizer for any nearby lawn or plant beds. Now how environmentally friendly is that? Much better than using salt or chemicals to prevent accidental slips on ice during the winter months.
As a beauty product used coffee grinds can serve a number of functions. Because they are a grainy material the old coffee grinds can be used for everyday washing and will help to remove dead skin cells and to exfoliate the skin.
Combined with warm water they make an excellent hair rinse for dark or reddish hair colors. They can add shine and color to otherwise dull hair. When combined with egg whites they create an excellent facial mask.
Recycling and Reusing Simply Makes Good Sense
Used grinds are an item that is all too often thrown out in the trash when they really should not be. When composted or used as a fertilizer they turn back into nutrient rich soil.
Saving them from the landfill you do a little something extra nice for the environment and when you recycle coffee grounds you may also save yourself a little extra pocket change in items that you would have otherwise had to purchase.
Those are pretty good reasons to recycle so do something nice for the environment and give your coffee grinds a second chance. Recycle them today.
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