KFC Singapore is set to remove plastic caps and straws across its 84 restaurants effective today.

The decision is a part of the global fast food chain’s No Straws Initiative, set in place to reduce single-use plastics. The initiative is expected to enable KFC Singapore to reduce 17.8 metric tons of single-use plastics every year.

KFC management general manager Lynette Lee said: “We acknowledge the strain that single-use plastics put on our environment and are taking steps to do our part in endeavouring a change.

“KFC Singapore plans to review and introduce more biodegradable packaging across its offerings as part of its ongoing eco-conscious efforts.”

“We recognise that every little bit counts and are proud to be the first fast food restaurant in Singapore to champion this movement, one straw at a time.”

KFC Singapore plans to review and introduce more biodegradable packaging across its offerings as part of its ‘ongoing eco-conscious efforts’.

The fast food chain also replaced paper boxes used for dine-in meals with reusable baskets in December 2016.

In early 2017, the company introduced paper packaging for breakfast platters and porridge bowls for its breakfast menu, replacing foam packaging.

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Both the initiatives enabled the company to reduce the use of five million paper boxes and more than 1.4 million sets of foam packaging in one year.

Recently major retail and food and beverage companies have been working to implement anti-plastic waste measures.