GM facilitates the Composting of 3000 pounds of Used Coffee Grounds

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(Best Syndication News) - Recycling has become more of a trend at companies. General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) has included this philosophy of recycling, in their manufacturing, but they also have this ideal in their office locations as well. One such example is GM’s Warren Tech Center in Michigan, which has managed to compost around 3,000 pounds of used coffee grounds.

John Bradburn, who is a General Motors manager of waste-reduction efforts, implemented the used coffee-ground composting project at the building where he works. He explained that every week, two 10 gallon containers full of used coffee grounds are taken by employees of the Real Estate and Facilities group and are brought home to be used for composting around their home. Initially, Bradburn was surprised to see how many coffee grounds the office went through.

The coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen and phosphorous, which help to nourish plants in a vegetable garden. Other uses for the used coffee grounds include using it as a substitute for bedding or even as an organic pest repellent.

GM has made a goal to have their plants and facilities to become landfill free. The simple coffee-ground composting project is just one implementation towards achieving this goal.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technolgy Writer

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