Fast food chain KFC Canada has revealed plans to eliminate plastic straws and plastic bags across its restaurants by October this year.

Their latest move is part of the company’s series of new sustainability and environmental commitments.

The initiative is expected to remove 50 million plastic straws and ten million plastic bags from its operations, landfills, waterways, and the communities in which it operates.

KFC Canada president and general manager Nivera Wallani said: “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.

“Together with our franchisees, staff and guests, we can positively affect the communities we operate in and the health and wellbeing of future generations.”

KFC Canada’s franchise partners Soul Foods Group CEO Shehzad Janmohamed said: “We are extremely proud to be part of the KFC Canada family where sustainability and care for the environment are a core part of operations.

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“This critical initiative, and the many more to follow, will enhance the long-term quality of life in the communities we serve.”

In February this year, KFC announced its commitment to make plastic-based packaging recoverable or reusable by 2025 through its global sustainability initiative.

Under the initiative, the fast food chain is planning to implement sustainable packaging strategy including developing and using sustainable packaging options.

In March this year, KFC partnered with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to introduce the KFC Innovations Lab, designed to create and run marketing campaigns for the company.

Through the innovations lab, the company also asked customers to participate in crowdfunding for ideas such as, Kentucky fried hot tub, colonel on ice, little colonel locator, smart cane remote and picnic with the colonel.

KFC currently operates more than 21,000 restaurants including 600 locations in Canada in over 130 countries globally.