Submission Documents: Motion by Councillor Lana Reid-McConnell:- "Council acknowledges the success of the Grounds for Recycling project, led by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce through its Circular Glasgow Initiative, that engaged the hospitality sector and the public during the UCI Cycling Championships to challenge and rethink Glasgow's approach to dealing with coffee waste. This pilot, repurposing coffee waste in the city, demonstrated the potential we have to develop a new system which brings together Glasgow City Council, partners and businesses that supports ambitions within our Circular Economy Routemap and City Food Plan, and ultimately helps us build a more resilient city. As highlighted in the Grounds for Recycling project evaluation report, Council acknowledges the significant potential for utilising spent coffee grounds in community growing projects, land remediation and reducing in carbon emissions. Therefore, Council commits to explore how it will play its part in developing positive relationships with local businesses across different sectors whilst supporting organisations, community groups and individual citizens, to make the most of this nutrient-rich by-product of our daily cups of coffee. During the 20 day pilot which utilised the Botanic Gardens as a base, 4.7 tonnes of coffee grounds were collected from participating businesses, of which 100% expressed a desire to continue participating in a similar campaign. Hence, Council believes there would be a benefit for continuing and expanding this project to allow for further development of the project with the goal of supporting the development of a new circular food waste system in Glasgow. This is an opportunity to advance how we deal with food waste as a city and help facilitate the creation of social enterprises/ jobs that support a just transition. The report highlights coffee grounds as an ideal growing medium for mushrooms, which is being further researched by Chido Govera, a Zimbabwean social entrepreneur and farmer in collaboration with the University of Glasgow. It also highlights the work being done by researcher Pru Mhlope, a James McCune Smith and GALLANT Post graduate to use coffee grounds as a land remediation agent for vacant and derelict land sites for which Glasgow has approximately 600. Note that the Chamber of Commerce and Glasgow University are pursuing further opportunities for investigating the scientific foundation for a social enterprise based on recycling of spent coffee grounds. Council therefore instructs officers in economic development to engage with various internal and external stakeholders including Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, in order to develop a business case for the continuation of coffee ground repurposing which should be brought to the relevant committee. The business case development should consider the cost of resourcing and capital for equipment based on various scenarios and volumes of coffee ground repurposing; the potential savings for the council, community groups and other relevant organisations by avoiding procurement of compost/ soil enhancer; benefits and savings to business for disposing of their coffee by-product utilising this approach vs. current disposal method; the potential business opportunities for social enterprises or third sector organisations to lead on this initiative; potential changes required to Scottish waste legislation at a local or national level for both transportation and management. Officers should also work with existing community food growing networks and campaign 'Composting for the future' led by Glasgow Community Food Network to incorporate their knowledge and how local food systems could benefit from the continuation/ upscaling of this initiative." Help Icon

This is the list of documents available for the submission Motion by Councillor Lana Reid-McConnell:- "Council acknowledges the success of the Grounds for Recycling project, led by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce through its Circular Glasgow Initiative, that engaged the hospitality sector and the public during the UCI Cycling Championships to challenge and rethink Glasgow's approach to dealing with coffee waste. This pilot, repurposing coffee waste in the city, demonstrated the potential we have to develop a new system which brings together Glasgow City Council, partners and businesses that supports ambitions within our Circular Economy Routemap and City Food Plan, and ultimately helps us build a more resilient city. As highlighted in the Grounds for Recycling project evaluation report, Council acknowledges the significant potential for utilising spent coffee grounds in community growing projects, land remediation and reducing in carbon emissions. Therefore, Council commits to explore how it will play its part in developing positive relationships with local businesses across different sectors whilst supporting organisations, community groups and individual citizens, to make the most of this nutrient-rich by-product of our daily cups of coffee. During the 20 day pilot which utilised the Botanic Gardens as a base, 4.7 tonnes of coffee grounds were collected from participating businesses, of which 100% expressed a desire to continue participating in a similar campaign. Hence, Council believes there would be a benefit for continuing and expanding this project to allow for further development of the project with the goal of supporting the development of a new circular food waste system in Glasgow. This is an opportunity to advance how we deal with food waste as a city and help facilitate the creation of social enterprises/ jobs that support a just transition. The report highlights coffee grounds as an ideal growing medium for mushrooms, which is being further researched by Chido Govera, a Zimbabwean social entrepreneur and farmer in collaboration with the University of Glasgow. It also highlights the work being done by researcher Pru Mhlope, a James McCune Smith and GALLANT Post graduate to use coffee grounds as a land remediation agent for vacant and derelict land sites for which Glasgow has approximately 600. Note that the Chamber of Commerce and Glasgow University are pursuing further opportunities for investigating the scientific foundation for a social enterprise based on recycling of spent coffee grounds. Council therefore instructs officers in economic development to engage with various internal and external stakeholders including Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, in order to develop a business case for the continuation of coffee ground repurposing which should be brought to the relevant committee. The business case development should consider the cost of resourcing and capital for equipment based on various scenarios and volumes of coffee ground repurposing; the potential savings for the council, community groups and other relevant organisations by avoiding procurement of compost/ soil enhancer; benefits and savings to business for disposing of their coffee by-product utilising this approach vs. current disposal method; the potential business opportunities for social enterprises or third sector organisations to lead on this initiative; potential changes required to Scottish waste legislation at a local or national level for both transportation and management. Officers should also work with existing community food growing networks and campaign 'Composting for the future' led by Glasgow Community Food Network to incorporate their knowledge and how local food systems could benefit from the continuation/ upscaling of this initiative.".

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