IRVINE, CALIF. — Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., has committed to making all consumer-facing packaging recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025 worldwide.
Taco Bell said it plans to remove chemicals harmful to the environment, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA), from its packaging materials. Recycling and compositing bins will be added to all restaurants where infrastructure permits.
It also continued its commitment to offer a wide selection of meat-free menu items, with the goal of becoming “the No. 1 Q.S.R. for vegetarians.” This commitment follows the national launch of last year’s dedicated vegetarian menu, which features several American Vegetarian Association certified items, such as the black bean crunchwrap and black bean quesarito.
In addition to offering a wider selection of vegetarian options, the chain said it will focus on making meat-free items easier to order through drive-thrus and mobile apps.
“As Taco Bell expands its footprint, our responsibility to drive positive impact increases,” said Mark King, chief executive officer at Taco Bell. “Our business growth in the last decade has positioned us to create change for good and implement creative solutions for our planet, our people and our food.”