McDonald’s Australia has launched its first sustainability flagship, where it will test, evaluate, and implement various sustainability initiatives which can then be folded into the business’ other 999 stores in Australia.
Operating on 100 percent renewable energy generated on an on-site solar system, the brand’s 1000th store features 25 core sustainability initiatives including the recycling of Happy Meal toys. It will also allow customers to charge electric vehicles.
“As a sustainability innovation hub, [this restaurant] will play a crucial role in enabling us to continue to design and build commercially practical sustainability solutions into every new Macca’s restaurant in the years to come,” said McDonald’s Australia’s national director of development Diana Grosmann.
“Over the coming three years we plan to invest more than $500 million to open over 80 new restaurants across Australia, incorporating a range of core sustainability elements from restaurant 1000, including PlayPlaces made with recycled content and energy-efficient equipment, as well as the use of 100 per cent renewable energy at some restaurants.”
In early 2021, the business will begin trialling a front-of-house waste recycling system which will see waste from the store recycled into carry-out bags and packaging, it will also offset deliveries made via UberEats and DoorDash from the restaurant by purchasing carbon credits.
“The opening of our 1000th restaurant is a significant achievement for Macca’s, and we are proud to be continuing to find new and innovative ways to help make a positive difference to the communities we operate in,” Grosmann said.