McDonald’s Confirms It Will Stop Using Plastic Lids For McFlurry Packaging

McDonald’s has announced that it will remove plastic caps from its McFlurry packaging at all UK restaurants starting in September.

You’ll also stop using single-use plastic for your salad options, as part of a packaging review of your UK menu.

This means that all main meal and salad options will be served in cardboard containers. According to Metro reports, all cardboard used will contain at least 50 percent recycled content, unlike the single-use plastic currently in use.

All its salad bowls will also be recyclable. Credit: McDonald's
All its salad bowls will also be recyclable. Credit: McDonald’s

McDonald’s said the changes will reduce plastic waste by a total of 485 metric tons each year, 383 of which will come from McFlurry packaging alone. This represents a major step in the right direction to tackle plastic waste and pollution.

Beth Hart, McDonald’s supply chain director in the UK and Ireland, said: “I’m delighted that today’s news means we will serve our dearest and new menu items in an even more sustainable way.

“Removing McFlurry plastic caps and introducing new salad cartons will save about 500 metric tons of plastic a year. It is the last step in our journey towards sustainability.

“We are committed to listening to our customers and finding solutions with our suppliers who work for them. This is the last example of that, but by no means is it the end.”

The news came after the chain also removed plastic straws from its restaurants, and now customers now offered cartons. Although most people realized that this was nothing more than good news for the planet, some people were very unhappy with the movement, with a particularly angry person initiating a petition to return the plastic. We’re saving turtles, man.

Earlier this week, McDonald’s announced plans to retake Oreo, Maltesers and Smarties McFlurries.

The news was announced to fans on Twitter, asking what flavor excites them the most.

The survey that McDonald’s launched on Twitter currently has more than 32,000 votes: at the time of writing, 49 percent of people opted for Maltesers and 28 percent chose Smarties. That leaves Oreo for little third place, with 23 percent.

However, all this could change, because there are still two days to vote.

McFlurry’s lineup will change on June 26, but if you can’t wait until then, you can always visit one of Aero and Mint Aero McFlurries’ restaurants that are available right now.

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