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companies are industry leading according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA base Foodservice Solutions®. Here is something many of you may not know. As
part of McDonald's Canada's ambitions
to help feed and foster communities, the company is making important changes
behind the scenes across the country with the planet in mind.
Yes, McDonald's Canada is part
of a global journey to source 100% of McDonald's primary guest packaging from
renewable, recycled or certified sources by the end of 2025 and is part of the
McDonald's global pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by
Currently, McDonald’s Canada is helping
create an impact in the communities where it operates with the planet in mind
by committing to the company’s global goal to source 100% of primary guest
packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by the end of 2025.
(CNW Group/McDonald's Canada)
Michèle Boudria, President and CEO, McDonald's Canada,
stated, "We recognize we have an important opportunity to help serve up a
better tomorrow, and the actions we're working on today are an investment in
our future,". "When you live and operate in almost every Canadian
community, serving more than a million guests every day, every single change –
big and small - can have a noticeable impact."
McDonald's Canada continues to
make important changes behind the scenes and in restaurants across the country,
so Canadians can feel good about enjoying the McDonald's they love.
Here are some of the steps McDonald's has
taken so far:
McDonald's Canada eliminated more than 1,300 tonnes of paper from the
Canadian system annually by introducing new McWrap packaging, and 20%
smaller, 100% recycled fibre napkins.
Also in 2019, the brand stopped using
extruded polystyrene foam from gravy bowls and breakfast platters, removing
more than 120 tonnes from the Canadian system annually.
In late 2021, McDonald's Canada removed
certain single-use plastics in its restaurants across the country, namely
plastic cutlery, stir sticks and straws, eliminating approximately 700 tonnes
of plastics from the Canadian system annually, with almost 370 tonnes of this
attributed to plastic straws alone.
Following the transition from plastic to
paper straws, the brand gave a "second life" to a portion of its
remaining single-use plastic straws through a partnership with The
Rogerie, turning the straws into limited edition trays, which serve as a canvas
In May 2022, we completed a paper
fibre-reduction initiative for our McCafé hot cups. This reduction will
eliminate nearly 700 tonnes of paper fibre from the Canadian system annually.
In mid-July 2022, McDonald's Canada re-introduced
its Reusable Travel Mug policy, encouraging guests in Canada to bring
their own clean, reusable travel mugs for use with their hot McCafé Premium
Roast Coffee and Tea orders made at the Front Counter.
In May of 2022, McDonald's Canada,
together with other brands, joined a six-month pilot program called 'Return-It to Reuse It and Recycle It', managed by
Encorp Pacific, better known as Return-It. This pilot is dual-focused, aiming
to keep more single-use cups out of landfills by giving consumers a convenient
place to recycle them as well as introducing a reusable cup program, with
consumers signing-up to use reusable cups that will be washed and returned to
retail locations. McDonald's Canada is actively participating in the
single-use cups reduction part of the pilot and is excited to explore the
reusable cup part of their partnership with Return-It in the future. Both the
single-use cups and the reusable cup program will be facilitated via the use of
specialized collection bins, which are made from recycled plastics and have
been made available in commercial as well as on-street locations.
McDonald's Canada will continue
to make choices and take action to invest in our future. This includes:
Working towards its global ambition to
drastically reduce the virgin fossil fuel-based plastics used in Happy Meal
toys and offer Happy Meal toys made from more renewable, recycled, or certified
materials by the end of 2025.
With its supply chain distribution
partner, Martin Brower, McDonald's Canada added the first-ever
electric vehicle (EV) to its distribution fleet in April 2022, a zero-tail
pipe-emission tractor from Volvo. The new Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 tractor is
being trailed to help with distribution to restaurants in the Montreal area.
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