Starbucks Coffee Company and City of Seattle Join Forces to Promote Recycling

WHAT:    You’re invited to a special media availability at a local Starbucks store to learn about the new Seattle law that requires all food service businesses to replace single-use, throw-away food service ware with recyclable or compostable alternatives beginning Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Representatives from the Seattle City Council, Seattle Public Utilities, and Starbucks will be on hand to discuss the following:
  • An overview of the new law and how it will impact Seattle food service establishments;
  • How businesses and municipalities can work together to improve recycling infrastructures; and
  • Practical guidance for consumers on how to recycle and compost items at Starbucks stores and other locations in Seattle.
Visuals will include:
  • Starbucks new front-of-store recycling and composting bins and signage; and
  • Starbucks partner (employee) and customer interactions.

WHO:    Hon. Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilmember; Tim Croll, Seattle Public Utilities Solid Waste Director; Jim Hanna, Starbucks director of Environmental Impact; and Christy McKay, Starbucks store manager

WHEN:    Monday, June 28, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Note: Seattle City Council spokesperson availability is limited to 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.)

WHERE:    Starbucks store at 2326 1st Avenue (between Battery and Bell Streets) in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood

WHY:    On July 1, the City of Seattle ordinance that requires all single-use food service packaging at restaurants and grocery stores to be either recyclable or compostable will take effect. The ordinance is expected to divert 6,000 tons of packaging and food waste – enough to fill a 100-car train – from the landfill to recycling and composting services each year.

Starbucks has collaborated with the City of Seattle and other local stakeholders to implement a comprehensive recycling and composting program that includes front-of-store collection. Starbucks began rolling the program out at its Seattle company-owned stores – 90 in total – in late May.
Starbucks goal is to implement front-of-store recycling in all of its company-owned locations by 2015. In order to help improve local recycling infrastructures, Starbucks is working with a wide range of stakeholders, including municipalities, packaging manufacturers, recyclers, peer retail and beverage partners, NGOs, and academic experts.

In late 2009, Starbucks introduced front-of-store recycling in Toronto, Canada, and San Francisco, Calif. The company is now discussing testing and implementation plans with other communities, including Denver, Colo., Chicago, Ill., and Boston, Mass. To learn more about Starbucks recent recycling and reuse initiatives, visit 
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