On an annual basis, each of McDonald’s USA company-owned restaurants generates an average of 36 tons of corrugated cardboard waste. Recycling this cardboard represents a huge opportunity for McDonald’s USA to reduce its environmental impact.
Where restaurants have control of their recycling decisions and where recycling facilities are available, 100 percent of company-owned McDonald’s USA restaurants now recycle their corrugated cardboard. Of the remaining company-owned restaurants, more than 50 percent are recycling their cardboard. McDonald’s continues to work with facility owners to provide recycling options for their tenants, specifically for recycled cardboard.
At least 1,206 of McDonald’s USA’s company-owned currently recycle corrugate, diverting this waste from landfills. This diversion from landfill of 36 tons of corrugated cardboard by recycling saves 612 trees, 252,000 gallons of water, 396 barrels of oil and 324 cubic yards of landfill space annually per restaurant.