Starbucks aims for 100 percent recycling by 2015
October 7, 2010
Did you make your morning Starbucks run today? Are you heading in for a seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte? That’s a personal favorite of mine. It just isn’t fall until I taste one.
You might be interested to know Starbucks is contemplating a lot more than what goes into your cup of joe. The powers that be are concerned about what happens to that cup and those coffee grounds after-the-fact too.
And at Harvest Power, that interests us.
According to Nebraska.TV, the coffee retailer has announced it is working alongside the US Conference of Mayors to uncover barriers to recycling in each U.S. city. Pretty impressive. What’s more, Starbucks is aiming high.
The company plans to make recycling 100 percent available by 2015. That means whether you order up a grande or a venti you’ll have the option of tossing that recyclable cup – 100 percent recyclable cup by 2012 – in the proper receptacle to help cut down on waste in landfills.
Since 1995 Starbucks has been offering customers complimentary bags of coffee grounds to add to their compost as well. It helps the company divert up to 34 percent of its organic waste from going to landfills and offers customers five pounds of grounds to enrich the soil. Talk about a win-win.
Have you ever asked your local barista for a bag of grounds? Tell us about it. Was it a useful addition to your compost pile?