Which Fast Food Companies Are Polluting Our Oceans the Most?

FERNANDO GUIDA

Capturar0Here’s something to chew on while you’re chowing down on your Whopper: how much impact, positive or negative, do fast food restaurants have on the environment? Considering that the fast food industry is one of the largest in America, and that $11.4 billion worth of non-recyclable packaging is wasted annually, the answer is: a significant impact. The National Resources Defense Council and As You Sow just examined the packaging and recycling practices of 47 fast-food and quick-service companies, and found that none of the companies met the NRDC’s standards for “best practices.”

At the top of the list for “better practices” was actually Starbucks and McDonald’s, despite the garbage accrued from the pile-up of coffee cups and takeout containers. Eight of the ranked fast-food companies landed in the worst category, meaning that their packaging and recycling practices left much to be desired. These companies included Arby’s, Quizno’s, Burger King, Wendy’s…

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