Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

McDonald's Netherlands to ditch plastic straws

McDonald's Netherlands to ditch plastic straws

McDonald's said Friday it will switch to paper straws at all its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and test an alternative to plastic ones in some of its US restaurants later this year.

"We all have a responsibility to our environment and this simple yet effective initiative is a fine example to other large businesses", he said.

The ban does not yet extend to the rest of the chain's global empire, but trials will begin in selected restaurants in the US, France and Norway. And in Malaysia, McDonald's will try a new approach to dispensing straws - giving them out only if a customer requests one.

The Government has unveiled plans that could see plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds completely banned from sale in England.

The Environmental Protection Agency found Americans tossed more than 33 million tons of plastic in 2014 alone.

The Sum of Us petition calling for the change had warned that many plastic straws ended up polluting the ocean, harming seabirds and marine life.

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McDonald's is joining the fight against plastic pollution by ditching single-use straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

SeaWorld, Ikea and Royal Caribbean have already vowed to stop using plastic straws and bags. She said paper alternatives were not always suitable or safe.

Initially only a limited number of the chain's restaurants will have recycling facilities for the paper straws, but the company has committed to ensuring they can be recycled at all stores by the end of 2019.

It argues that straws can be recycled together with cartons if they are pushed back into the box.

'The Government's ambitious plans, combined with strong customer opinion, has helped to accelerate the move away from plastic and I'm proud that we've been able to play our part in helping to achieve this societal change'.

From September, these will be replaced by paper straws, manufactured by Welsh start-up Transcend Packaging and Huhtamaki, at its plant in Belfast.

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