McDonald's to scrap McFlurry lids and single use plastic salad bowls

Fast food giant says it aims to ensure all packaging comes from renewable or recycled sources by 2025

McDonald’s will remove plastic lids from its McFlurry ice cream desserts as part of a push to be more environmentally friendly, it has revealed.

The change will come into force across all UK restaurants from September, the fast food giant said.

The announcement comes as the chain prepares to remove single use plastic from its salads bowls as of next week, serving them instead in cardboard containers which are 50 per cent recycled.

Altogether, the two changes are expected to reduce plastic waste by 485 metric tonnes every year.

Beth Hart, supply chain director of McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said: “It’s the latest step in our sustainability journey."

She added: "We are committed to listening to our customers and finding solutions with our suppliers that work for them. This is the latest example of that – but by no means the end.”

The American chain has taken studied steps in recent years to boost its green credentials and position itself as an environmentally responsible company.

Support free-thinking journalism and attend Independent events

Just last year, it replaced the 8bn plastic straws used annually by UK customers with paper ones.

It has also committed to ensuring all its packaging comes from renewable or recycled sources by 2025 and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 36 per cent by 2030.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in