Coffee Residue Recycling in terms of social inclusion and fair economy

incommon-Coffee Residue Recycling in terms of social inclusion and fair economy

Funded by the Green Fund

Today, world environment day, we celebrate all environmental actions, small or large. But all so important! For us, it is also a moment to share with you that our project kafsimo, is coming soon to Kilkis and Thessaloniki!

Our proposal “kaFsimo” – Coffee Residue Recycling in terms of social inclusion and fair economy, was approved by the Green Fund within the framework of the program “Natural Environment & Innovative Actions 2020”, measure “Innovative Actions with Citizens”.


Every day, everywhere in Greece, a daily habit of ours – that of drinking coffee – creates waste with each and every cup. Something that – if we don’t act – will end up in the trash.

The kafsimo project sees in this residue an invaluable raw material and the opportunity to create a circular economy model in response to the waste of resources and the overproduction of organic waste. A venture that maintains a purely social sign and attempts to actively and consistently involve waste producers and mobilise citizens of all ages.
More specifically, the solid coffee waste from coffee shops, hotels and restaurants is collected and converted into a raw material for energy production, thus changing from waste to a valuable biofuel. The kafsimo project is the first case study of incommon.


It aims to change the citizens’ perception of waste and the transition of our society towards a circular economy through the return of organic residues to the production chain as usable materials.

The purpose of this first case study of kafsimo is its standardisation as a model and its future parameterised application to other streams of organic municipal waste.
The scheme of the proposed project and subsequent model is based on 3+1 pillars:
1. Engagement and Training
2. Logistics of zero gas emissions
3. Final Use of Product
+1. Data Collection and Analysis
Thus, kafsimo moves in a balanced way from social involvement to the technical utilisation of valuable materials – former rubbish – with a clear social sign.