A spokesperson for McDonald's United Kingdom said the company was committed to reducing its environmental impact and continues to "challenge ourselves and our supplier partners to help evolve our thinking, and this includes the recycling of coffee cups".
McDonald's began purchasing sustainable beef in 2016, and it plans to completely eliminate foam packaging by the end of this year.
The fast food giant also aims to recycle guest packaging in all its restaurants by then, compared with only 10 percent of its restaurants now.
This expands upon McDonald's existing goal that by 2020, 100% of fiber-based packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs. Foam drink containers make up about 2 percent of McDonald's packaging, according to the Chicago Tribune. Right now, about half of McDonald's packaging is recycled, and only 10 percent of its 37,000 stores worldwide have onsite recycling bins for customers.
The fast-food chain is also switching to packaging made with renewable, recycled, or certified materials.
The chain said it wants to be "part of the solution" when it comes to the problem of excessive waste and its many environmental impacts globally, even though the laws around this issue vary widely from location to location. "We're going to work with our suppliers, franchisees and other industry leaders to effect change at the local level", DeBiase said.
"In recent years we have carried out waste audits in our restaurants, and extensive research asking what initiatives New Zealanders would like us to prioritise", McDonald's New Zealand managing director Dave Howse said.
"McDonald's continues to raise the sustainability bar by setting ambitious goals and collaborating with partners across the value chain for maximum impact", said Tom Murray, vice president of the fund's EDF+Business division.
About 50 percent of the chain's packaging comes from approved sources, and 64 percent of fiber-based packaging hails from certified or recycled sources.