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Yum! Focused on Sustainable Packaging Initiatives

Published on February 27, 2019

At Yum! and our brands, we’re committed to making the world better through socially responsible growth and serving more goodness to customers, employees, shareholders and communities. This includes our work around sustainable packaging and while we know it’s a journey, we’re making progress.

  • NextGen Consortium: As a supporting partner of the NextGen Consortium, Yum! is collaborating with other companies to help advance food-service packaging solutions that are recoverable across global infrastructures. The NextGen Consortium marked a major milestone in the search for sustainable packaging solutions with the announcement of the NextGen Cup Challenge winners who participated in the open-source, global challenge and are bringing forward innovative packaging options to positively impact the value chain.
  • KFC Plastics Pledge: At the beginning of 2019, KFC announced a new global sustainability pledge that all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025. The goal supports KFC’s long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants and builds on progress already made in some markets to eliminate plastic packaging items.
  • Taco Bell Recyclable Cold Cups & Lids: In early 2019, Taco Bell announced that they started using recyclable cold cups and lids in all restaurants. By 2021, they’re committed to making all cups 100% recyclable.
  • Yum! Paper-based Packaging Goal: Yum! is committed to using environmentally preferable packaging with a goal to source 100% of fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2020.

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