McDonald's aims for fully sustainable packaging by 2025

McDonald's commits to making recycling available at all locations by 2025

McDonald's commits to making recycling available at all locations by 2025

Currently, 50% of its guest packaging comes from sustainable sources and only 10% of its restaurants are recycling.

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.

The new sustainability efforts follow McDonald's announcement that it will ditch foam cold-beverage cups and trays. Foam drink containers make up about 2 percent of McDonald's packaging, according to the Chicago Tribune. The company expects its efforts to drive smarter packaging designs, to implement new recycling programs, to establish new measurement programs and to educate staff and customers.

In 2015, McDonald's was the first global fast-food chain to commit to eliminating the use of those drugs from its USA chicken supply chain, a move that prompted most of its rivals and most major chicken suppliers to follow suit.

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McDonald's first began its focus on sustainable packaging almost 25 years ago with a partnership with EDF - and claims the initiative eliminated more than 300 million pounds of packaging, recycled 1 million tons of corrugated boxes and reduced waste by 30% in the decade following the partnership. The initiative eliminated more than 300 million pounds of packaging, recycled 1 million tons of corrugated boxes, and reduced waste by 30 percent in the decade following the partnership. Its goal is to use only packaging with Forest Stewardship Council certification, which certifies that materials are produced from responsibly managed forests.

"McDonald's continues to raise the sustainability bar by setting ambitious goals and collaborating with partners across the value chain for maximum impact", Tom Murray, vice president of corporate partnerships at the Environmental Defense Fund, said in a statement.

McDonald's plans to work with industry experts, local governments and environmental associations, to improve packaging and recycling practices.

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

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