SEATTLE, June 25, 2010 — 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.

Source: Starbucks

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