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KFC Canada to phase out plastic bags, straws by October 2019

- Reuters

Yes to fried chicken! No to plastic bags and straws!

KFC Canada announced Tuesday it would phase out plastic bags and straws at its more than 600 franchises across the country.

The fried-chicken chain is the latest industry giant to commit to cutting non-sustainable materials being used in serving its food.

“KFC Canada believes in feeding people, not landfills. Reducing the volume of single use plastic within our restaurants ensures we are continuing to lessen our environmental footprint,” said Nivera Wallani, president and general manager of KFC Canada.

“Together with our franchisees, staff and guests, we can positively affect the communities we operate in and the health and well-being of future generations.”

The chain has set October 2019 as its deadline for halting plastic straws and bags being handed out at its restaurants, which the company estimates will prevent 50 million straws and 10 million bags from reaching landfills.

Earlier this year, the worldwide KFC brand had promised to make all of its plastic-based packaging recoverable or reusable by 2025.

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