Requesting recycling in our stores has been one of the all-time top ideas from both our customers and our partners (employees) since My Starbucks Idea launched in March of 2008. Offering front-of-store recycling in 100% of our company-owned stores has also been a public goal of ours since 2008. While our baristas have been recycling packaging and other materials behind the counter in the majority of our company-owned stores, recycling bins for our customers to use have been noticeably scarce.
We have worked over the years to identify the infrastructure and operational procedures needed to implement recycling in the front of our stores, and are now excited to announce that customer recycling in our stores has officially launched! Between now and our target date of 2015, you will start to see recycling containers show up in stores in your neighborhood. Service should be similar to what you see at home in your curbside recycling (if you have it!), with one bin for recyclables, one for composting and one for trash.
A related journey is the evolution of our paper and plastic cups. We’re working hard to make sure our cups will be universally recyclable when we introduce recycling bins in our stores. Right now, some communities still don’t accept these cups for recycling. In those cities, we are working directly with recyclers, paper mills and local government officials to build a recycling market for our cups. Our aim is for you to be able to recycle your cup not just in our stores, but wherever you choose to dispose of them, because regardless of the materials they’re made out of, our cups will only be truly recyclable when you’re able to recycle them wherever you live, work and play.
For these efforts to be truly successful, we need your help. If the recycling bin gets full of garbage, unfortunately, it all becomes garbage, so take an extra second to make sure what you’re throwing away or recycling at your local Starbucks is going into the proper bin.
See our 2011 Global Responsibility Report and the updated information on Starbucks.com to learn more about our recycling programs. And thank you, in advance, for recycling.
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