McDonald’s UK menu is getting a sustainable shake-up, with the removal of plastic lids from all McFlurry options from September in a move that will reduce plastic waste by 383 metric tonnes annually.
Single-use plastic has already been removed from McDonald’s salads since June – with all main meal and side salads now served in 100% renewable and recyclable cardboard containers.
Changing out the existing plastic bowl, shaker salad cups and lids will result in 102 metric tons of plastic being removed annually.
The new containers are made from ‘carton board’ which contains 50% recycled content and 50% new, which itself comes from certified sustainable sources. The coating on the containers, designed to keep them rigid, is also 100% renewable.
In total, the new packaging across the McFlurry and salads range will reduce plastic waste by 485 metric tonnes annually.
Beth Hart, supply chain director at McDonald’s UK & Ireland, said: “We are committed to listening to our customers and finding solutions with our suppliers that work for them, this is the latest example of that – but by no means the end. We continue to look for solutions for our cutlery and lids, for example, but this is great progress. For us, sustainability is about more than just packaging. We have to look at the whole journey – by 2030 we’re committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 36%.”
McDonald’s announced last year that it would replace over 639 million plastic straws used annually by customers in the UK with paper straws.
The changes are part of the business’ ongoing commitment to move to more sustainable packaging; globally McDonald’s has committed to source all packaging from renewable or recycled sources by 2025.