London Starbucks cafés fined for waste offences

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Westminster Starbucks stores fined £160,000 for non-compliance of council waste notices

Two Starbucks cafés situated on the same London street have been fined £160,000 after being prosecuted by Westminster City Council.

The waste offending began in 2011, when the two Starbucks cafés and Starbucks head office, situated in Chiswick High Road, London, ignored a warning from Westminster council to stop leaving bags of rubbish on the busy Berkeley Street pavement hours before the waste collection was due.

Westminster City Council told the coffee chain that the bags of waste were spilling out and littering the pavement as they were being left outside the stores for more time than necessary according to the collection times.

Starbucks fined £160,000 for waste offences in London

The bags of waste left outside the shop by Starbucks staff

The two collections carried out on Berkeley Street take place at 07:00 and 18:00, and businesses are asked to put out their rubbish no more than 30 minutes before collection is due.

The Starbucks cafés continued to place sacks of waste on the pedestrian pavement, regardless of the warnings, and were first issued an £80 fixed penalty notice in 2011. Over the next 5 years, the two Starbucks shops were given a further ten £80 fixed penalty fines, eight of which they paid.

The two cafés appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where they pleaded guilty to a total of fours offences, for each of which they received a fine of £40,000, totalling £160,000.

In court, District Judge Coleman accused Starbucks of acting in a “deliberate” manner, while Westminster City Council said the company had a “history of non-compliance”.

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