KFC Canada to Introduce 100% Home Compostable Consumer Packaging by 2025
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In celebration of World Environment Day, KFC Canada has announced a huge milestone in its sustainability journey: by 2025, all consumer-facing packaging will be fully home compostable.
KFC is expected to begin piloting its first home compostable bucket this year. This bold commitment will divert nearly 200 million pieces of packaging from Canadian landfills each year.
“One of our leading principles at KFC Canada is feeding people, not landfills. The move to 100% home compostable consumer packaging is a bold and ambitious step we are taking to inspire positive change in the communities we operate in,” said Nivera Wallani, President & General Manager, KFC Canada.
Recent highlights in KFC Canada’s sustainability journey include:
- Testing of fibre-based cutlery:In November 2020, select restaurants began testing a new fibre-based ‘spork’, made from bamboo, corn and sugarcane. The new cutlery naturally decomposes at room temperature and requires no additional treatment, nor does it leave any toxic by-products. The process takes approximately 18 months to decompose. Once fully introduced into the KFC restaurant system, the compostable cutlery will eliminate 40 million pieces of plastic cutlery annually.
- Introduction of bamboo buckets: In 2020, KFC Canada announced that bamboo would become a permanent packaging solution for poutine and chicken – given that the material is fast-growing, anti-bacterial and 100% biodegradable. By the end of 2021, KFC will have removed 12 million plastic poutine containers from its operations by transitioning to bamboo.
- Removing plastic straws and bags: In 2019, KFC Canada announced its pledge to eliminate all non-recoverable or non-reusable plastic-based packaging by 2025. By the end of 2019, KFC Canada removed all plastic straws and bags from its restaurants, eliminating 50 million plastic straws and 10 million plastic bags across the country and replacing them with fibre-based alternatives.
To learn more about KFC Canada’s environmental sustainability push visit: www.kfc.ca/environment.