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McDonald's Aims for Fully Recycled Packaging by 2025 - BBC

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Fast food giant McDonald's has said all its packaging worldwide will come from sustainable sources by 2025. 

The restaurant chain will aim to get all items like bags, straws, wrappers and cups from recycled or renewable materials, up from half currently.

McDonald's also wants 100% of its restaurants to recycle packaging by then, compared with only 10% now.

It comes as UK supermarket Iceland has promised to drastically reduce its plastic packaging by the end of 2023. 

Both companies said there was an overwhelming demand from customers to make packaging more environmentally friendly.

'Part of the solution'

Francesca DeBiase, McDonald's chief supply chain and sustainability officer, said it was customers' number one request "to use less packaging, sourced responsibly and designed to be taken care of after use".

In the UK, sites no longer use foam packaging and more than 1,000 restaurants have recycling bins for plastics and paper cups.

However, the world's biggest restaurant chain, which has 37,000 sites worldwide, said some restaurants might struggle to recycle packaging by 2025.

That is because infrastructure, regulations and customer behaviour vary around the world, but McDonald's "plans to be part of the solution".

Friends of the Earth welcomed the news, but said "speedier action in some countries, such as the UK is surely possible". 

McDonald's is already aiming for all its paper and card packaging, such as burger boxes or paper bags, to come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020.

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