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McDonald's plans for fully recycled packaging by 2025

17 January 2018

McDonald's said it would make recycling available in all of its restaurants by 2025, up from roughly 10 percent today.

The new sustainability efforts follow McDonald's announcement that it will ditch foam cold-beverage cups and trays.

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.

Once the transition is complete, bags for food, soda cups, and burger boxes will contain materials that are "recycled, renewable, or certified" by third-party organizations, with "a preference for" Forest Stewardship Council certification - this ensures paper, cardboard, and whatnot come from responsibly managed forests. Foam drink containers make up about 2 percent of McDonald's packaging, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The fast-food chain is also switching to packaging made with renewable, recycled, or certified materials. Our customers have told us that packaging waste is the top environmental issue they would like us to address.

"Working with different municipalities to put the infrastructure in place is going to be the most complex piece of work that we do", DeBiase said.

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McDonald's would be one of the companies affected most by a 25p latte levy on disposable cups, proposed by MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee, this month.

To implement the scheme, the company will work with environmental associations, local governments and industry experts to create the packaging, implement new recycling programmes and educate staff on the new procedures.

The initiatives expand upon McDonald's existing goal that 100% of fiber-based packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020.

"McDonald's continues to raise the sustainability bar by setting ambitious goals and collaborating with partners across the value chain for maximum impact", said Tom Murray, vice president of the fund's EDF+Business division.

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

McDonald's plans for fully recycled packaging by 2025