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Recyclable Cups

As of November 2018, all of the cold beverage cups and lids in our U.S. restaurants are recyclable. Notably:

  • They are made of polypropylene, one of the most widely accepted recyclable materials.
  • We completely removed polystyrene, as well as a significant amount of resin, without compromising durability, cost or efficiency.

We know that consumers are increasingly thinking about their environmental footprint, which is why we at Taco Bell have committed to playing our part by reducing landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions. An important part of our commitment is improving the recyclability of our packaging. Over the past few years, we’ve worked with our suppliers to develop a new recyclable cup and lid for our cold beverages. We also recently joined the NextGen Cup Consortium, convened by Closed Loop Partners, to support the development and commercialization of recyclable hot cups.

Sustainable Palm Oil

Sustainable palm oil is part of our Food for All Journey. Currently, we only use palm oil in our Cinnabon Delights®. The partners we work with on this ingredient utilize supply chains certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO is the leading not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization working along the full palm oil supply chain to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil in order to minimize the negative impact of palm oil production on the environment and the communities in which it’s sourced.

Sustainable Packaging

Our packaging shows we love our food, celebrate style, and are socially and environmentally conscious. Our paper bags are made from 100% recyclable and renewable raw material sources and are 100% sourced in the United States; we switched to polypropylene (plastic) sides containers from polystyrene foam, and some of our food choices are evolving, too. For example, the Fiesta Taco Salad is moving from a plastic to a paper box and the packaging of our Mini Skillet Bowl is reusable and dishwasher safe.