Since 2012, McDonald’s has started using high-efficiency LED lighting in phases across its operations. This has cut our carbon dioxide emissions by over 2 million kg annually, equivalent to the total amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by about 90,000 trees every year.
We support the Environment Bureau’s Charter on External Lighting through the participation of 24 restaurants in Hong Kong as a pilot test.
We participate in the Earth Hour movement organized by the World Wild Fund for Nature.
- Implementation of equipment on/off schedule
- Application of appropriate on / off and standby times
- Fryers are covered during non-peak hours
Equipment in Production Area
- Idling equipment is switched off or put on standby mode
- Idling fryers are covered for energy conservation
McDonald’s restaurants adopt MADE FOR YOU system which helps minimise as much kitchen waste as possible.
McDonald’s supports the Environmental Protection Department’s Plastic Shopping Bag Charging campaign and donates all charges collected to the collaborative platform formed by the Conservancy Association, Greeners Action and Green Power for promoting Bring Your Own Bag and supporting waste reduction projects.
We strive to reduce the use of plastics, including replacing plastic cups for the McFlurry with paper ones. We have phased out foam containers and have replaced them by paper ones. All foam packaging have been eliminated by the third quarter of 2018.
For dine-in customers, McCafé will, where possible, offer ceramic cups/ glasses and ceramic plates with stainless steel cutlery. Customers are also welcome to bring their own cups. In 2018, McCafé launched travel mugs as a further step to help encourage customers bring their own cups.
Starting from September 2018, all McDonald’s and McCafés carried out No Straw Monday every week to encourage customers to reduce consumption of single-use plastics. This was scaled up further on Dec 24, 2018 to No Straw Everyday. All McDonald’s and McCafés will empty straw dispensers and not hand out straws with our drinks every day. At the same time, we have replaced plastic stirrers by wooden ones for drinks that need stirring.
McDonald’s is the first restaurant group to participate in the Environmental Protection Department’s Rechargeable Battery Recycling Program, providing convenient battery collection points across our extensive restaurant network.
In collaboration with a waste oil recycling company approved by the Environmental Protection Department, McDonald’s converts waste oil from all restaurants into usable energy such as biodiesel. McDonald’s has also received the Friends of EcoPark Award from the Environmental Protection Department for eight consecutive years.