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What McDonald’s Does With Its Leftover Cooking Oil In Certain Parts Of The World
By Mikelle Leow, 14 May 2019
Images via Pavlovska Yevheniia / Shutterstock.com
In some parts of the world, McDonald’s doesn’t throw out its used cooking oil—but it’s all for a good reason.
The grease is repurposed to fuel the chain’s delivery trucks as part of its long-term initiative for sustainability, as reported by WalesOnline.
McDonald’s affirms on its corporate website that its delivery fleets in several countries—including the UK, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—are “fueled by fries,” in that its old vegetable oil gets turned into biodiesel to fuel its logistics. Given that McDonald’s fries are purportedly the most popular fast food menu item in the world, this is great news.
The company details that 97-percent of its UK restaurants upcycle used grease for delivery trucks, while a smaller percentage reuses it for other purposes. 50-percent of UK fleet uses this biodiesel, it adds.
McDonald’s delivery service in the UAE also passed a milestone in 2015, where suppliers’ logistics vehicles traveled for five million kilometers (3.1 million miles) on McDonald’s recycled vegetable oil.
As a result of upcycling leftover vegetable oil, McDonald’s has saved “over 11,700 tons” of carbon dioxide emissions, as opposed to when using ultra-low-sulphur diesel (ULSD).
In addition, the factory that converts the oil runs on energy powered by kitchen food waste, including eggshells and coffee grounds.
Elsewhere, McDonald’s has swapped its plastic straws for an eco-friendly paper variety, but patrons think its design is nowhere near perfect. There are a number of hits and misses, but the Golden Arches seems to be on the right path to attaining a sustainable future.
Images via McDonald’s Newsroom
[via WalesOnline, images via various sources]
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