London’s Buses—Like the Rest of Us—Are Using Coffee as Fuel

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Dreary eyed Londoners weren’t the only city dwellers using a jolt of coffee to get moving Monday morning.

According to the BBC, some public buses began using a biofuel that contains coffee waste. Bio-bean created the new eco-friendly fuel to be added to the London public fuel supply. The company said it was able to make enough that it could actually power one whole bus on its own for a year. Six thousand liters of the oil have been made so far.

Bio-bean snags unwanted coffee grounds from shops and instant coffee manufacturers and “extracts oil” from it. They then process that oil to create B20 biofuel. 

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“It’s a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource,” bio-bean founder Arthur Kay said.

Just think London town, the next time you’re tapping that reusable Keurig out into the trash it could actually be the stuff that gets you to work in the morning.

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