KFC rebuilds its South Penrith store using recycled materials

KFC recycled store
The store incorporates low-carbon construction made from 99 per cent recycled materials. (Source: Supplied)

Seeking to “revolutionise the restaurant experience”, KFC has collaborated with sustainable startup SaveBoard to incorporate low-carbon construction made from 99 per cent recycled materials into its South Penrith store’s redesign. 

Aside from using recycled materials for construction, the site also has solar panels and energy-efficient LED lighting.   

“Fans can look forward to convenience and speedy service at the KFC South Penrith Drive Thru, as well as a tech show to boot,” said  Michael Clark, chief supply chain officer at KFC Australia.

“The new KFC also marks the beginning of our partnership with saveBoard, aligning with our commitment to investing in more sustainable solutions that promote a circular economy in KFC restaurants.”

Designed by Form4 Architecture, the reimagined restaurant features an immersive tunnel at the drive-thru entrance, with visuals of KFC’s Colonel mascot featuring across several screens throughout the passage (pictured above). Customers dining in will also have the option of placing their order via three self-service kiosks.

Chris Collimore, country manager of SaveBoard, added that the materials used were made from previously unrecyclable packaging waste that would otherwise end up in landfill, such as milk and juice cartons, soft plastics, and coffee pods. 

“SaveBoard is a more durable substitution for commonly used building materials,” he said. 

“With every board sold saving 25kgs of packaging waste that would normally end up in landfill, our products are fully recyclable at the end of life.”

KFC says it plans to construct future restaurants this year with SaveBoard and retrofit select existing locations with the game-changing low-carbon and fully recyclable at-the-end-of-life product. 

This article was first published on sibling website Inside Retail.