RECYCLING AND REDUCING WASTE
We are working to shrink our environmental footprint and meet the expectations of our customers by reducing the waste associated with our business, increasing recycling and promoting reusable cups.
We have made substantial progress to reduce the impact of waste generated in our stores and our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint focuses on three main areas: reducing the waste associated with our business, increasing recycling rates and promoting the use of reusable cups.
Reducing Waste: In-store practices
We currently segregate our waste into 6 separate streams to maximise recycling opportunities and minimise the amount being sent to landfill
- Organic waste
- Dry mixed recyclables
- General waste
- Milk bottles
- Aluminium Canisters
Store partners (employees) separate the waste generated in-store into organic waste, dry mixed recycling, cardboard and general waste which is then collected, sorted and recycled by our waste provider.
In addition to this, we have introduced a reverse logistics solution to pick up our used milk bottles and aluminium cream canisters, through our distribution partner. By backhauling a portion of the waste, we have been able to reduce our carbon footprint by utilising the capacity of vehicles on their return journeys back to the distribution centres, saving thousands of transport miles per annum on dedicated waste collections.
This UK waste programme for company–operated stores recycles and recovers over 90% of waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill.
For recycling to be successful, there are lots of parties involved - local municipalities, landlords, customers, baristas, and even adjacent businesses all have to work together to keep recyclable materials out of the landfill and non-recyclable materials out of recycling bins.
When looking at the waste generated at a Starbucks store – cardboard boxes, milk jugs, syrup bottles, juice cartons, coffee grounds, and waste from our customers – most of it is generated behind the counter or in the backroom. This means that even though many of our stores recycle these items, our customers typically don’t see these recycling efforts in action.
We are in close contact with all of our store partners (employees) to ensure they are aware of the recycling facilities in their area and are also exploring more local ways of reducing and recycling waste, such as the use of coffee grounds for composting.
Reducing Waste: Packaging and Reusable Cups
As one of many companies in the food service business, we continue our commitment to lead the industry toward greater access to recycling for cups and other packaging—including driving demand for recycled materials. For European markets, we currently include 50% post-consumer, recycled PET (rPET) in our cold cups and looking to develop this further.As one of many companies in the food service business, we continue our commitment to lead the industry toward greater access to recycling for cups and other packaging—including driving demand for recycled materials. For European markets, we currently include 50% post-consumer, recycled PET (rPET) in our cold cups and looking to develop this further.
We have been working closely with our cup supplier to reduce the amount of material used for both our hot and cold cups. In 2014 we introduced new reduced material cups across our stores which have saved 168 tonnes of material to date, which is the equivalent of over 16 million paper cups.
Reusable cups are also an important component of our overall waste reduction strategy. In the UK we’ve always rewarded our customers with a discount when they bring in personal tumblers. In 2013 we launched a £1 or €1.50 reusable cup in EMEA. €. This cup is less expensive than other tumblers because it’s made with a lighter material and less of it. At the end of its life, if polypropylene (#5) plastic recycling is available in their area, customers can recycle this cup to help minimize their impact on the planet even more.
However, we have learned that widespread behavior change is unlikely to be driven by one company alone. We will continue to explore new ways to reduce our cup waste but ultimately it will be our customers who control whether or not we achieve continued growth in the number of beverages served in reusable cups.
Bring your own
We have always offered our customers in EMEA a discount, as a reward for acting sustainably. When you bring your own mug, cup, Starbucks reusable cup or even flask, we will offer you 25p or 30c discount at the till.
From 1st April 2016, you can now enjoy 50p off your favourite beverage in stores.