Waste Recovery and Recycling In Action

Australia: KFC Turns 60,000 Old Uniforms into New Carpet

As KFC Australia uniforms get a new look in the coming months, the ones they're replacing will be getting a new purpose. Approximately 60,000 old uniforms will be transformed into 25,000 sq. meters (269,000 sq. feet) of commercial grade carpet underlay. The brand announced the plan to divert the uniforms from landfills on June 5, World Environment Day.

"It's incredibly important that we look for ways to repurpose unneeded products from our stores and reduce waste and energy consumption across our entire restaurant network," said KFC Australia Chief Supply Chain Officer Michael Clark, noting the project presented significant operational and logistical challenges that "forced KFC to really think outside the box."

To collect uniforms from more than 600 stores across the country, KFC will partner with its existing food delivery suppliers Cutfresh and Unifresh. The suppliers will pick up the uniforms during routine deliveries, then send the 7,000 kilograms (15,000 pounds) of materials from their distribution centers to Pacific NonWovens, a fiber technology company that will handle the repurposing.

"This program has strengthened our partnership," said Cathy Covino of Cutfresh. "Now we're not only delivering fresh salads but utilizing our services for a sustainable future."

United Kingdom: Pizza Hut Aims to Achieve Zero Waste to Landfill

Pizza Hut Great Britain aims to achieve zero waste to landfill by the end of 2015. An analysis by their waste service provider showed that 90% of waste can be recycled and the remaining 10% can be diverted to an energy recovery plant.

To date they have rolled out full waste segregation in their restaurants in Scotland and with the company-owned delivery sites in the southeast region of England. Their goal is to have all restaurants and company-owned delivery sites on full segregation by the end of 2014. They also aim to engage franchisees.

Additionally, they are beginning to recycle oil with a few sites already equipped with fryers. The wasted oil is collected by a service provider, who also collects from KFC branches. The oil is converted into biodiesel.

Pizza Hut Great Britain has also become a Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) signatory with WRAP. HaFSA is a voluntary agreement to support the sector in reducing waste and increase recycling in the UK.

United States: KFC Oil Recycling Program

KFC U.S. franchisee KBP Foods installed an automated closed-loop oil distribution system in all of its 163 restaurants. A closed-loop oil management solution automates fresh oil delivery, storage, handling and disposal of used oil. Not only is it better for employees, it is safer for the environment since it eliminates plastic and cardboard packaging typically required for oil shipping as well as reduces oil waste and increases used oil recycling yields.

Germany: KFC Driving Recycling Programs

At KFC Germany, 100% of cardboard is recycled and 100% of their food, cooking oil and organic waste is bio-recycled and used for energy production. Plastic packaging and aluminum is returned and recycled 100% through dedicated specialized certified partners. From one supplier alone, KFC Germany has saved over 600 metric tons of CO2.

United States: Corporate Offices Embrace Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycling LogoCorporate offices through the United States are focusing on the Three-R strategy of waste recovery: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Office paper, corrugated cardboard, plastic, glass, batteries and aluminum are collected and recycled. In one year alone, we recycled over 269,000 pounds of paper and 63,000 plastic drink containers. We are also striving to increase the recycled content in our office supplies. Currently about 11% of all office supply products include recycled materials.

Our Global Sustainability team also launched an internal recycling website to encourage corporate associates’ understanding of, and commitment to, this effort. Associates visit this site to ask questions, seek advice and offer suggestions on ways Yum! can improve our waste recovery efforts.

Australia: Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin

KFC Australia is paving the way with their waste recovery and recycling efforts through their 2012-2013 rollout of new recycling systems at select KFC restaurants throughout New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. The program will expand nationally where possible.

KFC Australia is the first quick service restaurant to participate in a new nationwide recycling initiative, "Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin," a public-private partnership funded by the Australian Packaging Covenant.

To date, new recycling systems for public use have been installed at over 120 KFC restaurants across Australia—providing recycling opportunities for millions of customers per year. They will continue growing the recycling program in the front-of-house for bottles, cans and Krusher Cups this year.

During 2011-2013, across their company-owned stores nationally, they diverted over 1,800 tons of cardboard, bottles, cans and Krusher Cups from landfill through their Closed Loop recycling program.