Hi, my name is Sue, and I work in Global Responsibility on environmental impact. I've written about recycling and wanted to give you an update. We are developing our program for next year, and you will be seeing some exciting things!
First of all, we have reviewed our recycling status - currently 70% of the North American stores where we manage trash are recycling behind the counter already. Early next year, we are going to survey the stores where we don't manage trash to find out how many of them are already recycling. We want to be sure that all stores that have the ability are recycling. One thing that is impacting recycling these days is the market. You may have heard that recyclers are struggling to find buyers for materials like paper and plastic. Hopefully this will get better in the New Year and not impact our ability to increase recycling.
We are also reviewing all of our trash, back and front of house, to figure out what we can recycle in each city. We will then figure out how we can increase recycling to include these items. As we figure out specifics, we will provide updates, so keep an eye out for news next year.