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McDonalds environmental award

Just wanted to be sure folks have seen this. So often the corporate 
environmental news we see is bad!


Mark Boylan
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McDonald's Honored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:Conservation and 
Recycling Efforts Earn 'WasteWise' Award

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
on Thursday presented McDonald's USA with its WasteWise Partner of the Year 
award, in recognition of its ongoing commitment to significant solid waste 

The EPA cited McDonald's industry-leading recycling track record and its 
continual review and evaluation of packaging materials, with an eye on always 
trying to find the most efficient materials available. 

The award was given at the EPA's 2000 WasteWise Awards and Recognition 
ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. 

"McDonald's commitment to environmental leadership is a cornerstone of our 
core value of giving back to the communities in which we do business," said 
Jack Greenberg, McDonald's Chairman and CEO.  "McDonald's will continue to 
work with the EPA, the Environmental Defense and other environmental experts 
to keep us on the cutting edge of environmental stewardship." 

McDonald's led the way in the Buy Recycled initiative by purchasing more than 
300,000 tons of paper products made from recycled materials in 1999 alone.  
McDonald's is constantly reducing the weight, volume and environmental impact 
of its packaging materials and exploring new packaging alternatives. 

The U.S. EPA cited some examples of McDonald's leadership in this area as 

1. Conserved 3,200 tons of paper and cardboard by eliminating sandwich 
containers, and replacing them with single-layer flexible sandwich wraps. 

2. By switching to lighter drink cups, McDonald's eliminated 1,100 tons of 
cardboard materials that would have been used for shipping.

3. Spent more than $355 million on recycled-content products.  This included 
the purchase of nearly 100,000 tons of paper made from recycled office paper 

"McDonald's led the way again in 1999 in promoting the "buy recycled" message 
by purchasing more than $300 million worth of products made from recycled 
materials," said Elizabeth Cotsworth, Director for the U.S. EPA Office of 
Solid Waste.  "To inspire other organizations to follow their lead, WasteWise 
featured McDonald's as a panelist in the 1999 WasteWise 'Buy Recycled' 
national satellite forum.  Since they joined WasteWise in 1994, McDonald's 
has demonstrated every year its commitment to solid waste reduction." 

Last December, McDonald's Corporation and the Environmental Defense marked 
the tenth anniversary of their groundbreaking alliance.  Over the past ten 
years, that partnership has resulted in dozens of major environmental 
initiatives, including McDonald's move to unbleached paper carry-out bags, 
replacing polystyrene foam sandwich clamshells with paper wraps and 
light-weight recycled boxes. 

In the past ten years, McDonald's has:  

-- Eliminated 150,000 tons of McDonald's packaging through redesigning or 
reducing the amount of materials used to make straws, napkins, sandwich 
packaging, cups, French fry containers and other items. 

-- Purchased more than $3 billion in products made from recycled materials 
for use in McDonald's restaurants. 

-- Recycled more than one million tons of corrugated cardboard, the most 
commonly used material for shipping products to McDonald's 12,500 
restaurants, reducing restaurant waste by 30%. 

-- McDonald's also committed to energy conservation efforts by installing 
energy-efficient lights in the restaurants, and testing five state-of-the-art 
energy efficient restaurants in the U.S. that achieved a 10-15% reduction in 
energy use.  McDonald's has an overarching goal of reducing energy use by 10% 
in its restaurants. 

McDonald's Corporation is the largest and best-known food service retailer 
with more than 28,000 restaurants serving more than 43 million people a day 
in 120 countries.