Calls for plas­tic straws to be scrapped in su­per­mar­ket cafes

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY MAX­INE McARTHUR

A GLAS­GOW coun­cil­lor has blasted an East End su­per­mar­ket for hand­ing out plas­tic straws in its café – spark­ing a plea for the items to be scrapped in gro­cery shops across the city.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Carey launched a war on the drink­ing aids af­ter Glas­gow City Coun­cil com­mit­ted to scrap­ping the items in favour of the pa­per al­ter­na­tive.

How­ever, he was left shocked when he dis­cov­ered Asda at The Forge in Park­head was still us­ing them.

He told the Evening Times: “I was at the Forge Mar­ket at Park­head on Septem­ber 30 and, when I was there, I went into the Asda store for some­thing to eat.

“I no­ticed that in their café there were hun­dreds of plas­tic straws ly­ing around for peo­ple to use.

“Peo­ple were tak­ing two or three straws, just us­ing one and leav­ing the oth­ers ly­ing about. There were also used straws dis­carded on the floor.

“These would just end up in a land­fill if not worse … To have that amount of straws for peo­ple to use is just ab­so­lutely un­be­liev­able.”

Ear­lier this year, the Drum­chapel and An­nies­land coun­cil­lor hit out at fast-food chain Mc­Don­alds for us­ing plas­tic straws and hand­ing out he­lium bal­loons to cus­tomers.

The Amer­i­can com­pany quickly pledged it was due to be­gin the process of re­mov­ing all plas­tic straws from its restau­rants.

Now, Coun­cil­lor Carey wants to see all su­per­mar­ket cafés do the same “as a mat­ter Email news@ evening­ or

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of ur­gency” in or­der to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment, with Green­peace declar­ing straws among the top 10 plas­tic items in ocean.

Ma­jor re­tailer Mor­risons has al­ready an­nounced its plans to ditch the plas­tic in line with the coun­cil­lor’s calls.

The chain no longer buys plas­tic straws, or cot­ton buds with plas­tic stems and has scrapped sell­ing 5p sin­gleuse car­rier bags.

The firm also plans to make all of its own-brand pack­ag­ing re­us­able, re­cy­clable or com­postable.

Tesco said it was also “com­mit­ted” to re­mov­ing un­nec­es­sary plas­tics from its stores. A spokesman said plas­tic stir­rers and sin­gle use plas­tic side pots in chil­dren’s meal deals had al­ready been scrapped.

He added: “We have been work­ing hard to re­move sin­gle use plas­tic straws from Tesco Cafés. These will be re­placed by pa­per straws by the end of this year.”

Asda said it be­gan the process of re­plac­ing 2.4mil­lion plas­tic straws with pa­per al­ter­na­tives last month, with the aim of only hav­ing pa­per prod­ucts by Fe­bru­ary next year.

Paul Carey wants all su­per­mar­kets to scrap plas­tic straws in their cafes and use pa­per ones in­stead

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