Waste crackdown: McDonald's commits to renewable, recyclable packaging by 2025

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 16, 2018

McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) announces that by 2025 all of its guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources. with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council certification.

McDonald's plans to work with environmental experts to improve packaging and recycling practices.

"As the world's largest restaurant company, we have a responsibility to use our scale for good to make changes that will have a meaningful impact across the globe", says a top McDonald's sustainability exec. "Our ambition is to make changes our customers want and to use less packaging, sourced responsibly and designed to be taken care of after use, working at and beyond our restaurants to increase recycling and help create cleaner communities".

Last week, McDonald's laid out sustainability goals that included a plan to drop all foam packaging, globally, by 2019.

McDonald's isn't new to the pursuit of waste reduction for reduced environmental impact as it first focused on sustainable packaging almost 25 years ago by establishing a connection with the Environmental Defense Fund.

"These goals have the potential to be transformational because no other restaurant has the scope and global supply chain of McDonald's", said Tom Murray, vice president of corporate partnerships at the Environmental Defense Fund, which is one of McDonald's partners on the waste reduction and recycling initiative.

Currently, half of McDonald's customer packaging comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources, and 64 per cent of fiber-based packaging comes from certified or recycled sources. There's more work to be done on the recycling side, as McDonald's now only offers the service in about 10 percent of stores.

With 37,000 locations in more than100 countries, the impact of those efforts is significant.

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