McDonald’s Australia is to replace plastics cutlery with a fibre-based alternative by the end of this year. According to the fast food company, the transition will see the removal of 585 tonnes of plastics per year.
The move follows McDonald’s decision to move away from plastics straws in Australia – again by the end of this year. “By removing plastics straws and cutlery from McDonald’s restaurants, we are continuing to reduce our environmental footprint and will be removing more than 860 tonnes of plastics from our system,” said Kylie Freeland, director of supply chain and sustainability at McDonald’s Australia.
McDonald’s has already removed plastics lids from McFlurry cups, its salad bowls are being replaced with a fibre-based alternative and its sundae cups are now lighter in weight.
“We’re committed to being an industry leader in sustainable practices, ultimately using our scale for good to positively impact challenges facing the communities we operate in,” Freeland explained.