Mc­don­ald’s re­plac­ing plas­tic straws

The Scotsman - - News Digest -

Mc­don­ald’s is re­plac­ing plas­tic straws with pa­per ones across all its UK and Ire­land restau­rants af­ter a suc­cess­ful trial.

A roll-out of pa­per straws in all 1,361 restau­rants will be­gin from Septem­ber, with the process to be com­pleted next year.

The move comes as pres­sure grows on com­pa­nies to re­duce sin­gle-use plas­tics, amid con­cerns over plas­tic pol­lu­tion in the oceans where items such as straws end up harm­ing wildlife like tur­tles and fish. The Gov­ern­ment has un­veiled plans that could see plas­tic straws, drinks stir­rers and cot­ton buds banned from sale in Eng­land as part of ef­forts to cut the amount of waste which ends up in rivers and oceans.

The restau­rant chain has con­ducted a trial of the pa­per re­place­ments at a hand­ful of venues since April, and found cus­tomers re­acted pos­i­tively.

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