McDonald's Ambitious Goal For Fully Recycled Packaging By 2025

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McDonald's Ambitious Goal For Fully Recycled Packaging By 2025

McDonald's Ambitious Goal For Fully Recycled Packaging By 2025

McDonald's has been a leader in the fast-food industry for decades, and according to news reports, began its efforts in sustainable packaging nearly a quarter of a century ago with a partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Since the formation of the partnership, McDonald's claims that, in the 10 years following, it reduced waste by 30%, did away with more than 300 million lbs. of packaging, and recycled one million tons of corrugated boxes.  Now, McDonald's has a new goal - to have fully recycled packaging by 2025.

 
In the UK, McDonald's offers recycling bins for paper cups and plastic packaging in more than 1,000 of the company's restaurants; foam packaging is not used in these stores.  While the fast-food giant had a goal to source fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources that do not require deforestation by 2020, the company has expanded its ambitions even further; in addition to these goals, McDonald's plans to make recycling available in all of its restaurants.
 
The largest restaurant company in the world, McDonald's has a responsibility to use its scale and size to improve recycling according to Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, Francesca DeBiase, who said that customers have indicated packaging waste is a top priority when it comes to environmental concerns.  DeBiase said that the restaurants will focus on sourcing responsibly, using less packaging, and taking care of package recycling after use, in an effort to meet their customers' desire for change.
 
Currently, it is estimated that about 10% of McDonald's restaurants around the world are recycling customer packaging, while about half of packaging is being sourced from recycled, certified, or renewable sources.  Additionally, about two-thirds of fiber-based packaging is currently derived from recycled or certified sources.
 
In its efforts to improve recycling and packaging practices McDonald's intends to partner with local governments, industry experts, and environmental associations.
 
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