GLOBAL FAST FOOD PLASTIC SURVEY
It’s time for the Takeaway Trifecta. Elimination of three common plastic pollution items that originate from Fast Food operations: plastic straws, plastic bags and expanded polystyrene foam cups and containers. These items are easily replaced by reusables or materials that are less harmful to species and the environment. It is critical that global Fast Food companies enact good plastic practices consistently across the world because many countries do not have adequate waste management systems and plastic pollution does not stop at country borders. Through transparent data and comparison of individual company practices, the progress that Fast Food companies are making and gaps in global best practices are clearly shown.
|Company||Number of Global Stores||Commitment to Ban Plastic Straws||Commitment to Ban Plastic Bags||Commitment to Ban Foam Containers|
|2,560||None||None||Global Ban: 2020|
|3,752||Global Ban: 2018||None||None|
|8,500||None||None||Global Ban: 2020|
2019: France, Moldova, Romania
2019: Ireland, UK
|None||Global Ban: 2018|
|16,796||2019: Romania, Moldova||None||None|
|24,163||Global Ban: 2020||None||None|
|7,000||2019: Romania, Moldova||None||None|
|4,774||None||None||2017: Canada, US|
Fast Food Plastic Commitments by Country
SURVEY FOCUS AND APPROACH
The world’s 100 largest Fast Food Companies will be surveyed over the course of the next year. The largest 25 companies are included in the initial phase. Each quarter, 25 more companies will be sent information requests and will be added to the survey. Companies may volunteer to join the survey by submitting information. (A minimum company size of 100 locations is set at this time).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is this survey needed?
Plastic pollution is now understood and accepted by the global community to be a critical and growing planetary problem as plastic production expands from 396 million tons in 2018 to 550 million tons in 2025 and 681 million tons by 2030, according to the United Nations report State of Plastics. Reduction of single use plastic items from “on-the-go” consumption is crucial to the timely elimination of plastic at the source before it is polluted to land, rivers and oceans. While schemes for improved waste management and recycling have been proposed, plastic pollution continues to enter the ocean at an estimated rate of one large dump truck every minute of every day of every year