McDonald's Packaging to Be 100% 'Green' by 2025

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In addition, the company says it will make the packaging for its products more environmentally friendly as well.

Last week, McDonald's said it would eliminate foam packaging from its global supply chain by the end of this year.

McDonald's will recycle packaging in all its nearly 37,000 restaurants globally by 2025, the company announced Tuesday.

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.

About 80 percent of McDonald's packaging is fiber-based, DeBiase said.

The spokesperson added: "Since 2015, we have been installing recycling units which can now be found in over 1,000 of our United Kingdom restaurants, enabling our customers to easily separate paper cups from other waste packaging in order for them to be recycled".

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

"In recent years we have carried out waste audits in our restaurants, and extensive research asking what initiatives New Zealanders would like us to prioritise", McDonald's New Zealand managing director Dave Howse said.

"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.

"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 has more than 37,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.