McDonald’s Canada continues to invest in tangible change for the planet

“We recognize that we have an important opportunity to contribute to a better future; and the actions we take today are an investment in our future,” explains Michel Boudria, President and CEO of McDonald’s du Canada. Because we are present and active in almost every Canadian community where we serve over a million customers a day, every change, big or small, can have a big impact. »

McDonald’s from Canada continues to make significant changes behind the scenes and in restaurants across the country to make sure Canadians feel good while enjoying the foods they love.

Here are some of the activities that McDonald’s Canada taken so far:

  • In 2019 McDonald’s du Canada has eliminated over 1,300 tons of paper from its system with new McWrap® packaging and 20% less recycled tissue paper..
  • That same year, the brand also phased out the use of extruded polystyrene foam for its gravy boats and dinner plates, eliminating more than 120 tons of the material from the Canadian system..
  • At the end of 2021 McDonald’s du Canada eliminated some single-use plastic items* from its restaurants across the country, including crockery**, coffee stirrers and straws, eliminating approximately 700 tonnes of plastic from the Canadian system each year, of which approximately 370 tonnes are plastic straws alone** *.
  • After replacing plastic straws with paper ones, the brand has given a second life to some of the remaining disposable plastic straws. Through partnership with The Rogerie, these straws have been made into limited edition trays^, which served as a canvas for works of art. To learn more about the initiative Last strawClick here.
  • In May 2022, we completed a project to reduce paper fibers in McCafé hot drink cups. This reduction will eliminate nearly 700 tons of paper fiber from the Canadian system per year.††.
  • Mid July 2022 McDonald’s du Canada has renewed its policy on reusable travel mugs. Clients Canada it is suggested to bring a clean reusable travel mug to serve their McCafé premium roasted coffee and hot tea at the counter.
  • In May 2022 McDonald’s du Canadain collaboration with other brands, joined a pilot project called “Give it back to reuse and recycle” operated by Encorp Pacific, better known as Return-It. This pilot project has the dual purpose of reducing the number of disposable glasses that end up in landfills by providing a convenient place for customers to recycle them, and launching a program where customers sign up for reusable glasses to be washed and returned to retailers. McDonald’s from Canada is actively involved in this phase of the pilot project and looks forward to exploring the reusable cup component through its partnership with Return-It in the future. Disposable spectacles and spectacles from the reusable spectacle program will be recycled through the use of specialized waste bins that will be made from recycled plastic and offered at public commercial locations and on the street.

McDonald’s from Canada will continue to make choices and take actions to invest in the future, in particular:

  • Work towards our global goal of significantly reducing the use of virgin, fossil fuel-based plastics used in Happy Meal toys.M.D. By 2025, offer toys made from renewable, recycled or certified materials.
  • In cooperation with their distributor, Martin BrowerMcDonald’s Canada added its world’s first electric vehicle, a Volvo VNR Class 8 zero-emission road tractor, to its fleet in April 2022. This vehicle is being tested for delivery to restaurants in the Montreal area.

To learn more about McDonald’s mission to develop and support communities, visit

About McDonald’s Canada

In 1967, the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in St. Canada opens its doors to richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited is part of a Canadian network serving almost three million customers every day. Nearly 100,000 people work for McDonald’s across the country, in franchised and company restaurants. This is more than 90% of the 1400 McDonald’s restaurants in the world. Canada which are owned and operated by local and independent entrepreneurs. Of almost $1 billion in food purchases, McDonald’s receives more than 85% from Canadian suppliers. For more information about McDonald’s du Canadago to

* Items used to package food for customers at McDonald’s restaurants, including containers, cups, wrappers, bags, drink holders, paper napkins, and Happy Meal boxes.

** Excluding McFlurry spoons.

*** Average according to 2018-2020 data.

^ The recycled trays are reminiscent of the trays customers use at McDonald’s restaurants, but they are only decorative.

Based on 2019 data.

†† On average, according to data for 2019-2021.

SOURCE McDonald’s Canada

For more information: Members of the media who would like more information may contact McDonald’s Canada Corporate Relations at: [email protected]