McDonald’s has announced new goals to improve its packaging and help reduce waste. By 2025, says the company in a press release, 100% of McDonald’s packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources, with a preference for FSC certification. Also by 2025, the company has set a goal to recycle packaging in 100% of McDonald’s restaurants.
This expands on 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.” According to the officials, 50% of McDonald’s customer packaging currently comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources. An estimated 10% McDonald’s restaurants globally are recycling customer packaging.