Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

McDonald's to scrap plastic straws across all United Kingdom and Ireland restaurants

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Laurie Berry | 17 June, 2018, 15:44

McDonald's says that the tests will take place at select locations in the U.S. There are also plans from the company to test out these types of straws at stores in France, Sweden, Norway and Australia.

In April, the British government proposed a ban on plastic straws and cotton buds in England.

The flurry of commitments comes as efforts to eliminate single-use plastic intensify.

The fast-food industry has always been an issue when it comes to the environment, with waste like foam cups, plastic wrap, boxes and more contributing to trash buildup around the world.

Some advocates say plastic straws are safer for certain customers with disabilities, but McDonald's says the plastic versions will still be available upon request "for those that require it".

The fast-food giant joins a list of nightclubs and restaurant venues which have pledged to dump plastic straws for bio-degradable alternatives.

Neil Rankin has replaced plastic straws in his Temper restaurants with a variety made from corn starch and stopped using vacuum packing two years ago.

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The chain has been working with start-up Transcend Packaging, based in Wales, and Huhtamaki, an global company that will produce the straws in Belfast.

'Over the past few months we've been working closely with supplier partners to find a solution that works both for our customers, and that the supply is there given the size of our business. "In the meantime, we have adopted compostable straws in certain markets to meet regulations while we work with packaging experts to develop a planet-friendly, cost-effective answer for all McDonald's restaurants".

The fast food chain will replace the plastic with paper straws next year in each of their 1,361 branches.

DeBiase said the company is testing straw alternatives in Belgium and McDonald's will begin testing alternatives in other countries later this year.

"The Government's ambitious plans, combined with strong customer opinion, has helped to accelerate the move away from plastic". "In addition to the exciting news from the United Kingdom today, we are testing straw alternatives in other countries to provide the best experience for our customers".

The big change has had the seal of approval from Michael Gove, Environment Secretary.

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