inc.com – While I don’t eat at McDonald’s very often anymore (the few times I eat a burger in any given year, my place of choice is In-N-Out), I have unwrapped plenty of Quarter Pounders with Cheese, Egg McMuffins, and other delectable McTreats in my time.
McDonald’s sells a tremendous amount of food each year in the U.S. alone — by some estimates, more than 1 billion pounds of beef (from 5-1/2 million head of cattle) and more than 500 million cups of coffee. Globally, the company buys 3.4 billion pounds of potatoes every year, and serves more than 9 million pounds of french fries every day.
Of course, all of this food comes along with something else — the paper, foam, polystyrene, and other wrapping and containers that it’s packed in. In fact, it is estimated that McDonald’s uses almost 1.5 million tons of packaging worldwide every year, and that only about 50 percent of this packaging comes from recycled, renewable, or certified materials. Further, only 10 percent of McDonald’s restaurants offer bins for customers to recycle their trash.
However, that’s all about to change.
McDonald’s just announced that, by 2025 — less than 10 years from now — 100 percent of guest packaging (those wrappers, cups, and other packaging) will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources. In addition, the company set a goal to recycle guest packaging in 100 percent of McDonald’s restaurants by 2025, and to rid all its restaurants worldwide of foam packaging by the end of 2018.
Look at McDonald’s out here trying to save the environment and shit, good job Ronald!
@mattwalker67 – Good for McDonald’s. Lets make the world better by using new and reusable packaging, but still use suspect ingredients in our food. I couldn’t tell you the last time I consumed McDonald’s but odds are it was a late night wildwood adventure with @lbiddle25 (his favorite place to punish after getting punished is mickey d’s). But anyway, this will be great for the planet, because when you see litter on the side of the road, 9/10 times its a god damn bag of McDonald’s. What would be really beneficial and awesome for McDonald’s to do would be, make the wrappers edible for critters, that would really be game changing. According to the article they want to be completely environment friendly by 2025 so McDonald’s you got time, I will be waiting eagerly to hear how you respond.