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Yum China aiming for 30% cut on non-degradable plastic packaging weight by 2025

It expects a reduction of approximately 8,000 tons of non-degradable plastics annually starting this year.

Yum China announced a series of plastic reduction and environmentally friendly packaging initiatives across its brands in compliance with China’s latest regulations.

From January 2021, all KFC restaurants in China will stop using plastic straws and over 90% of KFC restaurants will replace disposable plastic cutlery with wooden cutlery for dine-in and takeaway. Non-degradable plastic bags used for delivery and takeaway in over 50% KFC restaurants will be replaced with paper bags or biodegradable plastic bags.

Yum China expects all KFC restaurants to phase out non-degradable plastic bags and cutlery in mainland China by end-2025.

Pizza Hut had already eliminated the use of plastic straws at the end of last year, the conglomerate added. At the same time, over 70% of Pizza Hut restaurants across the country have replaced existing plastic bags with paper bags or biodegradable plastic bags.

The pizza is expected to end the use of non-degradable plastic bags by the end of 2022.

As a result of these initiatives, Yum China expects a reduction of approximately 8,000 tons of non-degradable plastics annually starting this year.

In addition to complying with regulatory requirements, Yum China said these latest actions reflect its company-wide packaging strategy that aims to “reduce disposable packaging from source through the use of new packaging solutions, new materials, as well as innovative technologies.”

Their strategy includes ensuring that all customer facing, plastic-based packaging is recyclable, refusing to purchase paper products from suppliers that knowingly cause deforestation, and working towards a 30% reduction on non-degradable plastic packaging weight by 2025.

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