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COCA-COLA Amatil has an­nounced it will phase out plas­tic drink­ing straws and stir­rers in Aus­tralia over the next two months and re­place them with fully re­cy­clable and biodegrad­able paper straws.

Group man­ag­ing direc­tor Ali­son Watkins said yes­ter­day, the de­ci­sion was an­other step for­ward in the com­pany’s ef­forts to re­duce sin­gle-use plas­tics. “We’ve heard the com­mu­nity mes­sage loud and clear – that un­nec­es­sary pack­ag­ing is un­ac­cept­able, and we all need to work to­gether to re­duce the amount en­ter­ing lit­ter streams, the en­vi­ron­ment and the oceans,” she said.

The new paper drink­ing straws will be sourced from sup­pli­ers BioPak and Aus­traw and made avail­able through Amatil’s or­der­ing plat­form to around 115,000 out­lets na­tion­wide in­clud­ing gro­cery, petrol and con­ve­nience stores, bars, cafes and quick ser­vice restau­rants.

The com­pany said that the new sus­tain­able paper straws will be avail­able from next month.

Pic­ture: TONY GOUGH

Louisa, 6, and Ben Jen­nings, 8, en­joy­ing a drink with a paper straw at the South Mel­bourne mar­kets. Coca-Cola is join­ing the ban on plas­tic straws.

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