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Starbucks fined £160,000 for breaching waste collection times

Posted on 15 August 2016

Two Starbucks branches in the City of Westminster local authority area have been fined £160,000 after “deliberately” leaving rubbish bags on the street outside of designated collection times.

Since April 2015 both coffee shops on Berkeley Street, as well as the Starbucks head office, had shown a “complete disregard” for regular warnings from Westminster city council to stop putting rubbish bags on the busy central London pavement, according to the authority.

Starbucks also paid seven out of eleven £80 fixed penalty notices, with the first having been issued in 2011.

However, bags continue to be left on the street for hours, cluttering the pavement and resulting in rubbish spilling out onto the pavement, the council has said.

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