Local McDonald’s celebrates Earth Day with new coffee grounds recycling program

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A local McDonald’s is working with the Making Pitt Fit campaign and community garden.

The Winterville restaurant on Memorial Drive is one of the first in the state to begin the Good Neighbor, Good Grounds program.

The average McDonald’s goes through over 66 pounds of coffee in a week so they’ve made a commitment to collect the grounds to donate to local gardens instead of adding them to the waste stream.

Saturday, as a part of Earth Day celebrations, the restaurant welcomed families to pick up recycled coffee grounds to use in their own gardens.

The program is designed to divert thousands of pounds of used coffee grounds from the waste stream by donating them to area gardens in an effort to add nutrients such as nitrogen to soil or compost.

Participants also received a free coffee through their mobile app.

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