Will save nearly 500 metric tonnes of plastic a year
McDonald’s will remove plastic lids from all McFlurrys from September as part of a push to be more environmentally friendly. The move is expected to reduce plastic waste by 383 metric tonnes every year. The fast food giant will also remove single use plastic from its salads next week and serve them in 100 per cent recyclable cardboard containers instead. Scrapping the existing plastic bowl, shaker salad cups and lids will save 102 metric tonnes of plastic annually. The new containers are made from ‘carton board’ 50 per cent of which is made from recycled content and the other from new materials from sustainable sources. Brother fraudsters left 350 innocent people £6,200,000 out of pocket It comes after Maccies’ decision to replace the 8 billion plastic straws used annually by UK customers with paper ones. The change ruffled some feathers with customers complaining it ‘ruined’ the restaurant’s milkshakes. Plastic hungry consumers took to using McDonald’s coffee lids for other drinks and one person even listed a plastic straw on eBay for £1,000. Mcdonald’s has committed to sourcing all of its packaging from renewable or recycled sources by 2025 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 36 per cent by 2030. Replacing McFlurry lids will save 383 metric tonnes of plastic annually (Picture: Wales News Service) Supply Chain Director, McDonald’s UK and Ireland Beth Hart said: ‘I am delighted that today’s news means we will be serving our much loved and new menu items in an even more sustainable way. ‘Removing plastic lids from the McFlurry, and introducing new cardboard packaging for salads, will save nearly 500 metric tonnes of plastic a year. It’s the latest step in our sustainability journey.