Yum China – the operator of fast food chains including KFC in mainland China – has launched a raft of plastic reduction and sustainable packaging initiatives across its brands.
As a result of these actions, Yum China says that it expects to see a reduction of approximately 8,000 tons in non-degradable plastics annually starting this year.
According to Yum China, the initiatives are in line with the latest regulations in China, while also aligning with its company-wide packaging strategy, which includes the goal of a 30% reduction in non-degradable plastic packaging weight by 2025.
From January 2021, all KFC restaurants in mainland China will stop using plastic straws. In addition, over 90% will replace disposable plastic cutlery with wooden cutlery for dine in and takeaway – a switch Yum China expects to roll out across the entire chain in mainland China by the end of 2025.
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