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Coffee grounds are collected weekly by community organizations to use in their gardens. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you start your day off with a cup of coffee and throw your coffee grounds away after? Imagine making hundreds of cups of coffee each morning.

A local McDonald’s franchise is trying to put all those used grounds to good use.

This initiative is part of McDonald’s “Good Neighbor, Good Grounds” program.

It is designed to divert used coffee grounds from the trash can to add nutrients to soil or compost in local gardens.

It’s a good way to get some extra use out of the nearly 5,600 pounds of used grounds that we’re told an average McDonald’s produces each year.

Three locations in our area have partnered with schools including Myrtle Grove Middle and Island Montessori Charter School and the New Hanover County Arboretum to put the grounds back in the ground.

“We throw away coffee grounds every day, and it’s about 65 pounds with the water weight in there too,” local McDonald’s franchise owner David Anderson said. “We are able to reduce the amount of pounds of waste from every location that participates, but also we are always able to put it to good use.”

As a part of Earth Day, McDonald’s will offer a learning session at the Monkey Junction location. It’s happening Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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