McDonald’s commits to 100 percent renewable, recycled, or certified sources for its packaging by 2025

Oak Brook, IL, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan 16, 2018), McDonald’s announces goals to improve its packaging and help significantly reduce waste to positively impact the communities the company serves around the world.

By 2025, 100 percent of McDonald’s guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council certification. Also by 2025, the company has set a goal to recycle guest packaging in 100 percent of McDonald’s restaurants. McDonald’s understands that recycling infrastructure, regulations and consumer behaviors vary city to city and country to country around the world, but it plans to be part of the solution and help influence powerful change.

This expands upon McDonald’s existing goal that by 2020, 100% of fiber-based packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs.

“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,” said Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer. “Our customers have told us that packaging waste is the top environmental issue they would like us to address. 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.”

To reach these goals, McDonald’s will work with leading industry experts, local governments and environmental associations, to improve packaging and recycling practices. Together they will work to drive smarter packaging designs, implement new recycling programs, establish new measurement programs and educate restaurant crew and customers.

As Tom Murray, Vice President of EDF+Business at Environmental Defense Fund noted, “Nearly three decades ago, McDonald’s and EDF teamed up to tackle solid waste and accelerate innovation in packaging.  Along the way, we pioneered a new partnership model for companies and nonprofit organizations. Today, McDonald’s continues to raise the sustainability bar by setting ambitious goals and collaborating with partners across the value chain for maximum impact.”

“McDonald’s global preference for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials demonstrates their far-reaching commitment to source packaging that benefits people and forests around the world,” said Kim Carstensen, director general of the Forest Stewardship Council. “The partnership between McDonald’s and FSC – the world’s most trusted certification of forests and forest products – also creates a uniquely powerful opportunity for McDonald’s to engage customers about simple ways to protect forests,” he added.

Adds Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund, “Smarter waste management begins with improved sourcing, increased value chain collaboration and better communication with customers. Today’s announcement demonstrates McDonald’s 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.”

McDonald’s first began its focus on sustainable packaging nearly 25 years ago with the establishment of the groundbreaking partnership with EDF. 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. In 2014, the company joined WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network program and set its fiber sourcing targets, including FSC preference for packaging made from wood fiber.

Currently, 50 percent of McDonald’s customer packaging comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources and 64 percent of fiber-based packaging comes from certified or recycled sources. Also, an estimated 10 percent of McDonald’s restaurants globally are recycling customer packaging.

“We look forward to doing more and continuing to raise the bar on what it means to be a responsible company committed to people and the planet,” DeBiase said.

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. Over 90 percent of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

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SOURCE: McDonald’s

Sainsbury’s reduces the size and increased the recycled content of its single-use plastic carrier bags

LONDON, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is committed to being the UK’s greenest grocer. In our 20×20 Sustainability Plan, we have committed that by 2020 we will make sure that our own packaging has been reduced by a half compared to 2005.

We have reduced the size and increased the recycled content of our single-use plastic carrier bags. All of our orange plastic carrier bags are now made of 50% recycled content and are 100% recyclable. We encourage customers to re-use their carrier bags by offering a Nectar point for each bag they reuse. We also offer a range of bags for life and have installed signs in our car parks to remind our customers to bring their reusable carrier bags with them. Our supermarkets have plastic film recycling bins so that customers can recycle carrier bags and other types of plastic such as bread bags. Our groceries online delivery drivers will also take bags back from our customers to recycle.

In Wales and Scotland, we no longer provide customers in supermarkets with free single use bags which would be subject to the carrier bag levy. We chose instead to focus on the promotion of bags for life in supermarkets, which are made of 100% recycled content and are 100% recyclable. This encourages our customers to re-use bags.

Wales – 2014/15 reporting year

Number of chargeable bags supplied Consideration received Charge received Net proceeds of the charge (minus VAT) Difference between charge and proceeds (VAT)
1,726,152 £86,308 £86,308 £71,923 £14,385 

Scotland – 2014/15 reporting year

Number of chargeable bags supplied Consideration received Charge received Net proceeds of the charge (minus VAT) Difference between charge and proceeds (VAT)
1,612,144 £80,607 £80,607 £67,172 £13,435

As part of our commitment to make a positive difference to our community, the net proceeds from the carrier bag levy are added to our Welsh and Scottish Community Grant funds. Charities and community groups in Wales and Scotland are able to apply for up to £500 per group to go towards an event, activity or initiative. Any money that is not awarded by the end of the year is donated to our Welsh and Scottish stores’ local charity partners.

 

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Sainsbury’s reduces the size and increased the recycled content of its single-use plastic carrier bags

Sainsbury’s reduces the size and increased the recycled content of its single-use plastic carrier bags