18 Apr '11, 6pm

Starbucks Stalls on Energy and Recycling Goals, Slashes Water Use

Starbucks Stalls on Energy and Recycling Goals, Slashes Water Use

OAKLAND, CA — Starbucks made strides in the past year to use to less water and serve ethically-sourced coffee, but lagged on using less energy and adding recycling to stores. The coffee giant's progress and stumbles, detailed in its latest environmental and social responsibility report , are in some ways tied to outside factors that Starbucks has been trying to influence. Recycling, for instance, is heavily dependent on what services local governments and waste haulers offer. While 75 percent of Starbucks stores recycle cardboard and other waste from their behind-the-counter operations, only 5 percent have recycling bins for customers to use, and the company is trying to get recycling into all stores by 2015. "Our ability to recycle in the front of house is largely determined by what is going on in the local recycling industry," said Ben Packard, Starbucks' vice president ...

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