The positive results of a trial programme to reduce plastic waste have prompted global fast-food brand KFC to stop providing plastic straws and lids for drinks in its outlets in Hong Kong and Macau. According to KFC Hong Kong, customers were supportive during the trial programme carried out in nine stores including at its branches in Maritime Square, Whampoa and Shun Tak Center. The trial was well received by the public, and most customers did not make a request for a plastic lid, KFC reported.
In view of such positive response, KFC Hong Kong opted to stop providing plastic lids and straws (except the designated special drinks and for takeaway drinks) at all outlets in Hong Kong and Macau in an effort to reduce single-use plastics and alleviate its environmental impact.
“We understand the significance of the impact of single-use plastics has brought to our environment, and thus we want to do our part in striving for positive change,” said Janet Yuen, COO of KFC Hong Kong and Macau. “We believe that every little step counts so we decided to engage our customers and make the effort by launching this ‘no straws and lids’ action in all of our stores.”
KFC Hong Kong said it has adhered to the principles of waste recycling across various means. For example, the food company said cooking oil used in restaurants is passed to qualified recyclers for it to be converted into biodiesel. Biodiesel has the potential to replace traditional gasoline and reduce air pollution.
KFC Hong Kong has also collaborated with NGOs such as Food Angel to promote waste reduction. Since last year, nearly 2,000kg of food has been collected. The food has been transferred to Food Angel on an ongoing basis for processing, and then distributed to those in need.
Apart from the official announcement of the suspension of plastic straws and lids, KFC Hong Kong had also launched a smart handwashing machine as early as in 2014. These washing machines utilise the latest technology and since its launch, has helped to reduce water usage in handwashing by 10.31 million litres.