Burger King launches food boxes you can use again to slash waste 

Burger King ups its eco-battle by launching food boxes you can use again and again to slash waste

  • Burger King to trial £1 returnable packaging to combat waste and littering 
  • Clamshell-style containers and associated cups can be returned via special bins 
  • The items would then be professionally cleaned by its partners at the Loop 
  • The trial is being rolled out across five restaurants in Ipswich and Newmarket 
  • Could be a breakthrough against fast food littering which blights nation’s streets 
  • Burger King has become the first UK fast food giant to combat litter and waste with returnable and reusable packaging.

    It is running a trial with clamshell-style containers and associated cups that can be returned to outlets via special bins.

    The items would then be professionally cleaned by its partners at the Loop organisation to allow them to be reused.

    The measure could offer a major breakthrough against fast food package littering, much of it plastic, which creates a blight on the nation’s streets.

    If successful, the trial – which is being rolled out this week across five restaurants in Ipswich and Newmarket – could see returnable and reusable packaging used more widely.

    Burger King is running a trial with clamshell-style containers and associated cups that can be returned to outlets via special bins

    Burger King is running a trial with clamshell-style containers and associated cups that can be returned to outlets via special bins

    The measure could offer a major breakthrough against fast food package littering, much of it plastic, which creates a blight on the nation’s streets

    The measure could offer a major breakthrough against fast food package littering, much of it plastic, which creates a blight on the nation’s streets

    To take part in the scheme, customers must pay a returnable £1 deposit for a reusable cup or container instead of using throwaway packaging.

    This mirrors deposit and return schemes that are used for bottles and cans in many countries and has been promised by the UK Government.

    Customers can return the packaging with the Loop app by scanning the barcode on the pack and putting it into a Loop bin. These will be placed outside restaurants where trials are taking place and in other locations found via the app.

    Customers who return their containers will be refunded their deposit, with all the items professionally cleaned.

    Nicola Pierce, of Burger King UK, said: ‘The launch of the new packaging will include the first ever re-usable and returnable ‘clamshell’ for burgers and sides in the UK.

    ‘We’re excited to see how the trial performs over the next five months and help us reach our goal of eliminating single-use plastic within our restaurants by 2025.’

    Tom Szaky, the founder of Loop and TerraCycle, said: ‘Consumer demand for more sustainable options is at an all-time high and the customer response to this exciting trial will be used to inform future plans for a long-term re-usable and returnable packaging scheme.’