KFC Singapore Leads The Charge On Fast Food’s Plastic Waste War

KFC Singapore, everyone’s go-to fried chicken and Zinger burger outlet, has officially cut all plastic cups and straws from 84 outlets across Singapore.

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All plastic cups have been replaced with paper cups within their restaurants, since the beginning of November this year.

KFC claims that this has allowed them to save about 4.25 metric tonnes of plastic waste monthly, reports Yahoo Singapore.

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That’s approximately the weight of 20,000 pieces of KFC fried chicken.

Paper packaging rolled out in Kallang & Toa Payoh outlets

KFC Singapore probably won’t stop there in their bid to cut plastic waste.

Fans of their popcorn chicken, mashed potato and Bandito Pocketts can expect new paper designs for more than ten other dishes on the menu.

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If you live in Kallang or Toa Payoh, lookout for the new packaging if you decide to eat in at their KFC outlets from December.

Plastic straws for young kids & special needs customers only

Reusable trays will also be provided for customers, so try not to accidentally throw them into the bins when you’re clearing up.

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However, plastic straws are still available for young children and special needs guests upon request.

As for plastic lids, they’ll be distributed for takeaway drinks by default. However, KFC fans are highly encouraged to bring their own containers for food and drinks.

Bring your own cups and cutlery to KFC

For the eco-warriors among us, KFC staff will be happy to welcome your own cutlery, dabao containers and personal cups and tumblers.

Carrying your takeaway meals in a resusable bag will also help reduce plastic bag usage, shares the team.

No straws initiative was a hard-fought battle

KFC was one of the first major fast food chains to ban plastic straws and lids locally in 2018.

But some Singaporeans resorted to other methods to get their utensils — stealing them from neighbouring Kopitiam drink stalls.

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Hopefully, KFC fans are now familiar with the initiative, more than a year after its inception.

Bidding plastic waste goodbye

With adorable boba tumblers and recycling vending machines which turn used cans & bottles into grocery coupons, there’s loads more incentives to reduce single-use plastics in our lives.

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Hopefully, all of these baby steps we take to move towards a plastic-free nation will pave the way for a cleaner and greener Earth for all.

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