Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

McDonald's Surpasses Half-Billion Mark on Purchase of Recycled Products

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

McDonald's Surpasses Half-Billion Mark on Purchase of Recycled Products

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Celebrating the three-year anniversary of its McRecycle USA program, McDonald's announced that it has spent more than $600 million on recycled materials -- twice its original goal.

"When we created McRecycle USA in April 1990, McDonald's committed itself to purchase at least $100 million worth of recycled products every year," said Bob Langert, McDonald's director of environmental affairs. "I'm proud that we've been able to double that amount and provide necessary end markets for recycled materials."

McDonald's is one of the largest purchasers of recycled products and has identified more than 200 items for use in its restaurants that can be made from recycled materials.

"McRecycle USA is a model recycling program," said Phil Bailey, National Recycling Coalition director of market development. "NRC congratulates McDonald's for its dedication to the purchase of recycled materials. Providing end markets for such products is an important part of recycling."

Bailey noted that McDonald's is a charter member of the Buy Recycled Business Alliance, a leading group of companies committed to buying products containing recycled content. …

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