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Being environmentally responsible is a key part of our business.

We have always strived to be an environmentally responsible business. As one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, we have the responsibility and opportunity to use our Scale for Good and take action on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today. We embrace this opportunity to drive meaningful progress, and do so by collaborating with millions of customers, employees, franchisees, suppliers and other partners. While we’re committed to taking on many challenges facing society today, we’re elevating a few global priorities where we believe we can make the greatest difference and drive industry-wide change. You can read more about our global commitments on our global Scale for Good website. As we work towards achieving these goals, we are proud that McDonald’s Australia has already made good progress against a number of these targets, which create shared value for our business and our communities.

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McDonald’s Sustainability Actions

Keeping Australia tidy

Like you, we don’t like litter. To try to stop litter before it happens we support organisations like Clean up Australia (CUA). McDonald’s is a founding partner and have partnered with CUA for the past 30 years since its inception in 1989. McDonald’s has donated more than $5 million towards both sponsorship and clean up kits since the inception of Clean up Australia Day and this year we had more than 11,000 volunteers from our restaurants and offices participate in the day.

Managing Food Waste

McDonald’s first became a partner of Foodbank Australia in 2011. Since then, we have donated over 550,000kgs of edible goods from our distribution centres across Australia. In 2018 alone, we contributed over 100,000kgs of food, which equates to around 235,600 meals for Australians in need. In 2019, we began trialling the conversion of our used coffee grounds into compost, which is being applied by one of our lettuce farmers.

Being smarter with deliveries

We’re trying to drive fewer kilometres and deliver to our restaurants in the most efficient way possible. We’re consolidating deliveries and implementing trials to use the trucks that deliver our food for reverse logistics initiatives, such as recycling. By better utilising these trucks, our overall impact is reduced. All of our Distribution Centres have been converted to be more energy efficient, with new builds also containing large scale solar installations.

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McDonald’s Sustainability Commitments


Rethinking our packaging

Currently, 83% of our packaging is fibre based and 100% of that fibre based packaging comes from recycled, renewable or certified sources – a target we originally set for 2020. The paper and board we use is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the programme for endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).


Ditching plastic straws

We know plastic is a topic our customers are passionate about. So we have committed to removing our current plastic straws from our restaurants by the end of 2020. We’re currently trialling fibre straws in select restaurants around the country and this year, we will be implementing a ‘straw behind the counter’ policy nationwide to minimise plastic waste.


Making recycling easier

Recycling shouldn’t be a chore. That’s why we have made a commitment to recycle guest packaging in 100% of our restaurants by 2025.

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McDonald’s Partnerships

McDonald’s Sustainability News

McDonald’s Commits to Remove Plastic Cutlery Australia-wide

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McDonald’s Sets Global Goal to Reduce Barriers to Employment for TwoMillion Youth; Invests $2 Million in Chicago’s Workforce; and Pledges to offer 43,000 apprenticeships across Europe

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McDonald’s Becomes the First Restaurant Company to Set Approved Science Based Target to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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