Starbucks has a strong commitment to the environment and corporate sustainability. In the past year, the company became a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Volume Certification pilot program, hosted a Cup Summit to increase coffee cup recycling, and revamped its food menu to offer healthier alternatives to customers. Now the company is supporting stronger recycling measures on a national level.

Tomorrow, Jim Hanna, director of Environmental Impact at Starbucks, will speak at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Hanna will encourage community leaders to assess current recycling programs and find ways to improve them. For those who lead a community without an organized recycling system, Starbucks encourages them to get a recycling program in place.

Starbucks has more than 11,000 locations in the United States, and the company is finding that the inconsistency of recycling capabilities is proving to be a challenge. Speaking about the issue, Hanna said, “Mayors are uniquely positioned to mobilize stakeholders at a grassroots level and help drive solutions that will make our cups and other packaging more broadly recyclable in form and in practice.” Source: Starbucks

Starbucks is committed to do its part, as well. In 2006, Starbucks launched the first paper coffee cup that was made with post-consumer recycled fiber. In 2008 they announced several coffee cup-related goals including making paper and plastic cups recyclable by 2012, serving 25 percent of its beverages in reusable cups by 2015, and having an onsite recycling station at Starbucks locations by 2015.

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