Timeline: Recycling and Reducing the Environmental Impact of Our Cups

Since opening our first store in 1971, Starbucks has been committed to environmental stewardship. Over the years, we have taken significant steps to reduce our environmental footprint, partly by reducing waste and increasing recycling in our stores. We are currently collaborating with local municipal governments, cup manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, peer retail and beverage partners, recyclers, environmental NGOs, and experts from the academic sector to develop a comprehensive recyclable cup solution by 2012. It is also our goal to have front-of-store recycling in all locations where we control waste collection by 2015.  Click here to see a timeline of our major milestones in these areas.  

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