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
Arbys-Logo 3,300 None None None
Baskin Robbins 2,560 None None Global Ban: 2020
Burger King 17,000 2018: UK None None
CNHLS 4,000 None None None
Costa 3,752 Global Ban: 2018 None None
Dairy Queen 11,171 None None None
Dominos 11,171 None None None
Dunkin Donuts 8,500 None None Global Ban: 2020
Hardees 2,125 None None None
Hunt_Brothers_Pizza 7,500 None None None
Jollibee 1,166 None None None
kfc 19,923 2018: Singapore
2019: Canada, France, Moldova, Romania, South Africa
2019: Canada None
little-caesars 4,332 None None None
McDonalds 37,006 2018: Indonesia
2019: Ireland, Taiwan, UK
2020: Australia
None Global Ban: 2018
OrangeJuius 5,799 None None None
Papa-Johns 3,500 None None None
Pizza Hut 16,796 2019: Romania, Moldova None None
Popeyes 2,900 None None None
Sibylla 5,000 None None None
Sonic 3,557 None None None
Starbucks 24,163 Global Ban: 2020 None None
Subway 43,280 2019: Canada None None
Tacobell 7,000 2019: Romania, Moldova None None
Tim_Hortons 4,774 None None 2017: Canada, US
Wendys-Logo-500x166 6,634 None None Global Ban: 2012
Applebees 2,000 None None None
Auntie Anne's 1,500 None None None
Café Coffee Day 1,556 None None None
Carls Jr. 1,500 None None None
Chester's International 1,800 None None None
Chick-fil-A 2,100 None None None
Chili's 1,580 None None None
Chipotle Mexican Grill 2,100 None None None
Church's Chicken 1,700 None None Global Ban: 2020
Denny's 1,700 None None None
Dicos 7,500 None None None
Five Guys 1,500 None None None
IHOP 1,650 None None None
Jack in the Box 2,267 None None None
Jimmy John's 2,522 None None None
MOS Burger 1,730 None None None
Pala Hamburger 1,850 None None None
Panda Express 1,900 None None None
Panera Bread 2,240 None None None
Pelicana Chicken 2,000 None None None
Quiznos 1,500 None None None
Shanghai Shihao 2,000 None None None
Sukiya 1,865 None None None
Ting Hsin International Group 7,000 None None None
WingStreet 1,600 None None None

Fast Food Plastic Commitments by Country


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).


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


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