Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

McDonald's Sets Goal to Switch to Environmentally Friendly Packaging by 2025

McDonald's Sets Goal to Switch to Environmentally Friendly Packaging by 2025

On Tuesday, the fast food chain told Reuters it plans to switch to environmentally friendly packaging materials and start offering recycling at all locations.

McDonald's began purchasing sustainable beef in 2016, and it plans to completely eliminate foam packaging by the end of this year.

Over the next seven years, McDonald's will not only convert all guest-facing packaging to renewable, recycled or certified sources, it will also lean toward a preference for packaging with Forest Stewardship Council certification, according to a company press release.

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

The change to McDonald's packaging comes alongside another commitment from the company.

In 2015, the company doubled its percent of certified or recycled content for consumer fiber-based packaging to 53 percent from 23 percent the prior year.

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Reaching the new goals will take time and coordination in communities around the world, said Francesa DeBiase, chief supply chain and sustainability officer for McDonald's.

McDonald's restaurants will also be encouraged to recycle 100% of packaging waste, as now only 10% of restaurants worldwide do so.

"Today, McDonald's continues to raise the sustainability bar by setting ambitious goals and collaborating with partners across the value chain for maximum impact". "When McDonald's began their waste reduction efforts almost 30 years ago, the business and environmental benefits were immediate: the company saved an estimated US$6 million a year".

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".

There are more than 165 McDonald's restaurant in New Zealand, of which 85% are independently owned.

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