McDonald's packaging to be fully-recyclable by 2025

Gladys Abbott
January 17, 2018

To make customers feel better about eating the food, McDonald's has come up with a plan to make its bags, cups, and wrappers better for the environment.

Based on supplier commitments, McDonald's New Zealand said 100% of its "guest packaging" would come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by this April.

A McDonald's spokesperson told the Sun Online: "We take our responsibility extremely seriously and in the United Kingdom we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continue to challenge ourselves and our supplier partners to help evolve our thinking". "Our ambition is to make changes our customers want and to use less packaging, sourced responsibly and created to be taken care of after use".

The spokesperson added: "Since 2015, we have been installing recycling units which can now be found in over 1,000 of our United Kingdom restaurants, enabling our customers to easily separate paper cups from other waste packaging in order for them to be recycled". Likewise, 10 percent of McDonald's restaurants globally are recycling customer packaging.

These goals are in addition to its other goal of having all fiber-based packaging made from recycled or certified packaging by 2020.

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McDonald's Corp. has announced that it has set goals to use only environmentally friendly packaging by 2025 and offer recycling in every location across the globe by the same year.

Almost three decades ago, McDonald's and EDF teamed up to tackle solid waste and accelerate innovation in packaging.

Sheila Bonini, senior vice president for the WWF's private sector engagement program, said McDonald's announcement reflects "strong leadership in developing packaging and recycling solutions at a scale that can extend the life of our natural resources and push its industry toward more sustainable practices".

"Today, McDonald's continues to raise the sustainability bar by setting ambitious goals and collaborating with partners across the value chain for maximum impact".

McDonald's has more than 37,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.

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