McDonald's to spend HUF 800 mln on SUPs phase-out
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McDonald's will spend HUF 800 million to phase out single-use plastic products (SUPs) at its restaurants in Hungary, the fast-food chain told Hungarian news agency MTI.
From June, McDonald's will gradually replace its plastic eating utensils and straws with ones made from environmentally-friendly materials. The measure will affect almost 46 million straws, more than 11 million spoons, and 2 million knives and forks annually.
McDonald's will also switch out plastic covers for cups and, from September, replace its plastic cups, too.
By year-end, McDonald's food packaging will be replaced with wood, paper or pulp-based materials, as allowed by food safety regulations, cutting its plastic waste by close to 200 tonnes a year.
There are 94 McDonald's restaurants in Hungary.
Hungary is banning a number of SUPs, including eating utensils, plates, and straws, as well as expanded polystyrene foam food containers and cups, from July 1. However, SUPs in inventory before July 1 may still be used. The ban on plastic cups and covers will come into force from 2023, allowing time to switch over to alternatives.
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