Trialing McDonald’s plastic cups sourced from recycled and bio-based materials

McDonald's cups

Taking another step in our sustainability journey with McDonald’s, we are excited to share we have overseen a trial of McDonald’s clear plastic cups sourced from recycled and biobased materials.

The cups are sourced from a 50-50 mix of post-consumer plastic material and biobased material, including used cooking oil, using a mass balanced method. Local customers in Savannah, Georgia recently had the chance to take part in the trial, and after they used the cups, they were encouraged to place them in local recycling bins so the material could be used to create other items.

This US market test is one of many steps that will help McDonald’s meet its goal of sourcing 100% of guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025. Read about this goal and more here.

Jenny McColloch, VP of Global Sustainability at McDonald’s, said, “We’re on a journey to rethink how we package products to give customers options that reduce waste, maintain the highest safety standards, and enhance the McDonald’s experience they expect and enjoy.”

Learn more about this project here.