Once the bags are collected they need to be cleaned. It’s common to find green coffee beans in most of the bags when they arrive for cleaning.
The sacks also have that coffee smell that lingers in the cleaning area. The sacks need to be cleaned without losing their valuable integrity. The strength of the sacks is vital to hang on to as are the bright colours of the logos of the plantation that the coffee was sent from. Both these key points give the coffee sack its value for remanufacturing.
After the sacks are cleaned they are processed according to the coarseness of the bags for that key next step of remanufacturing. The fine bags are sent to be made into retails items like shopping bags. The rougher coarse bags are used for making log sacks for the forest industry, also used for various environmental river projects.