Next year Burger King is planning to test reusable containers as part of its efforts to reduce waste.
It is part of a partnership with TerraCycle’s zero-waste delivery platform, Loop. Customers can opt in for reusable packaging for menu items such as sandwiches, soft drinks and coffee. They can then return the reusable sandwich container or beverage cup to Burger King restaurants to be cleaned and reused. Customers will be charged a small deposit upon purchase, and once the packaging is returned, they’ll receive a refund.
The containers are to be introduced at certain restaurants in New York, Portland and Tokyo. The fast food giant says it plans to add more cities following its first three locations afterward.
Tom Szaky, the founder and CEO of TerraCycle and Loop, said in a statement, “During Covid, we have seen the environmental impact of increased takeaway ordering which makes this initiative by Burger King all the more important,”
Other commitments from the company include having 100% of its restaurants’ guest packaging come from renewable, recycle or certified sources, and recycling all guest packaging at its restaurants in the United States and Canada by 2025.
In a statement Matthew Banton, head of innovation and sustainability at Burger King said, “We’re investing in the development of sustainable packaging solutions that will help push the food service industry forward in reducing packaging waste, the Loop system gives us the confidence in a reusable solution that meets our high safety standards, while also offering convenience for our guests on the go.”