Recycled Cup Collaboration with Wendy’s and Berry Global to Divert Plastic Waste from Landfills

Your drive-through experience will soon have a lower environmental impact due to a collaboration between Wendy’s® restaurants, manufacturer Berry Global and LyondellBasell.

The initiative, which launched in U.S. and Canadian restaurants in early 2022, will produce Wendy’s drink cups partially created with our CirculenRevive advanced recycled plastic, using a mass balance approach. These new cups will divert an estimated 10 million pounds of plastic waste from landfills over the first two years. “There are many benefits of plastics, including convenience,” said Palmer Giddings, Senior Director of Olefins & Polyolefins
Americas at LyondellBasell.

"Consumers are increasingly aware of the impact of single-use waste, and we want to do our part as a leader in the quickservice restaurant industry to provide more sustainable options.” Liliana Esposito, Wendy’s Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer

“The issue we must address is plastic waste. As such, we are proud to collaborate with Berry Global and Wendy’s to co-create sustainable solutions that will allow us to continue enjoying the benefits of this material while helping to make our environment better for future generations,” Giddings added.

The cups are an example of collaboration across the value chain. Wendy’s identified a need for a more sustainable cup. LyondellBasell processed pyrolysis oil from plastic waste and supplied quality, advanced recycled plastic, using a mass balance approach. Berry will now make the cup a
commercial reality. The recycled content used to make the cups is certified by ISCC PLUS and can be traced throughout the process.

Read full press release here.