Recycling & Reducing Waste

We are currently transforming the way we process our waste and aim to divert 95% of waste from landfill by October 2012.

This is done by separating our waste into organic (food waste) and mixed dry recyclables (most other waste) in stores.  Currently this is done behind the scenes, but we are exploring options around in store communications, especially around paper cups.

Where we lease the building, the landlord is responsible for the waste management.  As you would expect we are working with our landlords on this.

WEEE Regulations:

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment.

The regulations also mean that suppliers of equipment like high street shops and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.

The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.

  • Much of the UK’s WEEE ends up in landfill, where the lead and other toxins it contains can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health.
  • Many electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save our natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical goods to landfill. Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.

Starbucks has joined the Distributor Take back Scheme operated by Valpak Retail WEEE Services Limited, to enable our customers to appropriately dispose of and to recycle their electronic brewing equipment.

If you purchased a Verismo machine or any other electrical brewing item from Starbucks to replace another machine you may own, you may dispose of your old machine free of charge at most local authority civic amenity sites or at certain other registered sites. For information on your nearest disposal site please log on to or contact your local authority. We do not offer in store take back.

Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below: Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.

Crossed-out wheeled bin