Burger King ditches free toys and will ‘melt’ old ones

Burger King UK will no longer give away plastic toys with children’s meals, amid pressure to reduce plastic waste. The fast food restaurant chain is also encouraging customers to bring in old promotional plastic toys, which it says it plans to melt to make other items. The move comes after two Hampshire children petitioned the fast food giant and its rival McDonald’s to stop giving away free plastic toys . McDonald’s said its customers would be able to choose between a toy and fruit. Ella (left) and Caitlin McEwan said they were “amazed” by Burger King’s decision The petition, organised by Ella, aged nine, and Caitlin McEwan, aged seven, calling for companies to “think of the environment and stop giving plastic toys with their kids meals” has received more than half a million signatures. The girls wrote: “Children only play with the plastic toys they give us for a few minutes before they get thrown away and harm animals and pollute the sea.” Instead, they suggested any giveaways could be made from sustainable materials. Just hours before Burger King announced its change of policy, rival chain McDonald’s in the UK said it had no plans to scrap its toy […]

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