Burger King to trial reusable sandwich containers and cups to reduce packaging waste

The pilot programme in partnership with the packaging provider Loop will roll out initially in New York, Portland and Tokyo

Burger King has unveiled plans to test reusable sandwich containers and cups in a bid to cut down on packaging waste.

The pilot programme, in partnership with TerraCycle’s circular packaging service Loop, will launch in 2021 in select restaurants in New York, Portland and Tokyo.

Participating restaurants will feature a collection system, in which guests can return the packaging to be safely cleaned through Loop and reused at Burger King restaurants.

The customers who opt for the reusable packaging will be charged a deposit at the time of purchase and when the packaging is returned, they will receive a refund.

Matthew Banton, Head of Innovation and Sustainability at Burger King Global, said: “As part of our Restaurant Brands for Good plan, we are investing in the development of sustainable packaging solutions that will help push the foodservice industry forward in reducing packaging waste.”

Tom Szaky, TerraCycle and Loop Chief Executive Officer, commented: “This enables Burger King consumers to easily bring reusability into their daily lives and whether they choose to eat-in or takeaway, they will be able to get some of their favourite food and drinks in a reusable container.”

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