Fast food giant McDonald’s has announced it will remove plastic lids from all McFlurrys from September. The move, which is part of the chain’s plans to become more environmentally aware, is expected to reduce plastic waste by 383 metric tonnes every year.

The fast food giant will also remove single use plastic from its salads next week and serve them in 100 per cent recyclable cardboard containers instead.

Scrapping the existing plastic bowl, shaker salad cups and lids will save 102 metric tonnes of plastic annually. The new containers are made from ‘carton board’ 50 per cent of which is made from recycled content and the other from new materials from sustainable sources.

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McFlurry plastic lids will be no more from September

It’s the latest move from the golden arches in a bid to remove the amount of plastic it uses. Maccies’ decision to replace the 8 billion plastic straws used annually by UK customers with paper ones.

McDonald’s has committed to sourcing all of its packaging from renewable or recycled sources by 2025 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 36 per cent by 2030.