KFC has pledged that all its plastic-based packaging that reaches the consumer will be recoverable or reusable by 2025.
The chain said the goal supported its long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants by developing and using sustainable packaging options and eliminating plastic packaging items.
“As a global brand that operates more than 22,000 restaurants in over 135 countries, KFC is in a position to have a real impact on how the industry approaches waste and packaging management overall,” said KFC CEO Tony Lowings.
“With environmental sustainability as a core aspect of how we do business, this commitment represents a public acknowledgment of the obligation we have to address these serious issues.”
Around the world KFC is partnering with major suppliers and franchisees to identify plastic alternatives in each market.
The chain is conducting an audit of current systems with franchisees to identify plastic waste reduction opportunities.
KFC is also partnering with suppliers to identify sustainable packaging alternatives for items such as straws, plastic bags, cutlery and lids and setting goals for each market to reduce, reuse and recycle materials.
“KFC will support franchisees to define and implement their own sustainability agenda to address the unique needs of local markets and customers,” said the company.
“Markets will also continue to have their own additional local sustainability goals that vary based on local market conditions and regulations.”
KFC in certain countries has already announced local initiatives. These include KFC in Singapore announcing plans to stop providing plastic straws and cup lids in its 84 restaurants.
KFC Romania and France plan to replace all plastic straws with paper and KFC India will remove consumer plastic bags from their restaurants and move towards sustainable alternatives for plastic cups, bowls, sporks and straws.
KFC’s parent company Yum! Brands has pledged to source 100% of fibre-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2020. It has also joined the NextGen Consortium, a multi-industry group working towards alternative food packaging.
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