VAUGHAN, Ontario – KFC Canada will remove plastic straws and plastic bags at all restaurants across Canada by October of this year. The company said the move is part of a series of commitments to sustainability the company has made aimed at reducing its use of plastics.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of the KFC Canada family where sustainability and care for the environment are a core part of operations,” said Shehzad Janmohamed, CEO of Soul Foods Group which is one of KFC Canada’s franchisees. “This critical initiative, and the many more to follow, will enhance the long-term quality of life in the communities we serve.”

KFC Canada announced its alliance with KFCs worldwide on a commitment that all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025. KFC Canada’s announcement will remove 50 million plastic straws and 10 million plastic bags from its restaurants. KFC Canada operates more than 600 locations in Canada.

“KFC Canada believes in feeding people, not landfills. Reducing the volume of single use plastic within our restaurants ensures we are continuing to lessen our environmental footprint,” said Nivera Wallani, president and general manager, KFC Canada. “Together with our franchisees, staff and guests, we can positively affect the communities we operate in and the health and wellbeing of future generations.”