Yum! Brands commits to reduces plastic waste

Yum! Brands commits to reduces plastic waste

March 3, 2020
Press Release: Yum! Brands

Among a range of sustainability initiatives, including a commitment to renewable energy solutions at its brands’ HQs, Yum! Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has also announced plans to intensify action on plastic waste

“At Yum!, we believe that our iconic, global brands have a responsibility to make a positive impact on the environment in partnership with our franchisees and suppliers,” said David Gibbs, Yum! Brands CEO. “We’ve made strong progress over the years when it comes to our sustainability agenda.”

At Yum!’s corporate US offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Plano, Texas, Irvine, California, and Chicago, the company will shift to 100% renewable energy and move all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2020.

In addition, the company continues to advance its work on sustainable packaging with Taco Bell’s commitment to make all its packaging recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025 globally. KFC continues to make progress against its 2025 global pledge to make all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging recoverable or reusable.

As Yum! continues to improve the sustainability of its consumer-facing packaging, the company will accelerate efforts to remove styrofoam and expanded polystyrene (EPS) globally by 2022 across all KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations.

“We appreciate Yum!’s commitment to phase-out foam containers globally as a significant corporate leadership action,” said Conrad MacKerron, senior vice president, As You Sow. “This is a win for oceans and marine life as foam packaging poses particular threats to wildlife.”

These new commitments build on Yum!’s previous actions on climate and environmental issues, as set out in its Recipe for Good – its global citizenship and sustainability strategy.

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