Around 70 million McDonald’s cups end up in New Zealand’s landfills each year. However, a new trial launched in Auckland is looking to combat this. Collection stations across six McDonald’s restaurants will help to sort recyclables from other waste streams.
The cups will instead be repurposed into new packaging including cup holders and egg trays.
The trial has already begun in Australia, with great success. More than seven million cups have been diverted from landfill—around 500,000 cups per month.
This initiative comes as a part of McDonald’s goal to have 100 percent of guest packaging be made from recyclable, renewable or certified sources by 2025.
The trial in New Zealand will run at Manukau City, Botany, Otara, Otahuhu, Greenlane and Mangere.