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(L to R) Cate Petersen, Sama Wareh and Katie Flores during a coffee chat at Hidden House Coffee in San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Courtesy of Amy Cox-Petersen
(L to R) Cate Petersen, Sama Wareh and Katie Flores during a coffee chat at Hidden House Coffee in San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Courtesy of Amy Cox-Petersen

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Cate Peterson, an incoming freshman at San Juan Hills High School, and Katie Flores, an incoming freshman at Santa Margarita High School, received a silver award and a letter from Gov. Jerry Brown on June 15 for recycling and reusing coffee grounds while educating the community about returning nutrients back to the earth.

The girls encouraged coffee shops to start recycling their grounds and asked customers to take those grounds home with them. The two girls reused and recycled 600 pounds of coffee grounds that otherwise would have been dumped in a landfill. They gave the grounds to an office complex in Mission Viejo and spread them in their neighborhood. They also taught guests about recycling their own coffee grounds.

The girls thank Hidden House Coffee in San Juan Capistrano for letting them host a coffee chat, as well as Pink Ribbon Donuts in Mission Viejo for donating coffee grounds.

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