Paper straws made their debut at McDonald’s in the U.K. and Ireland in June of 2018, in part because the British government plans to ban plastic straws next year.
Initially, customer complained about soggy paper straws that were hard to use, especially with milkshakes. This led to a redesign and a thicker straw. Ironically, because of their thickness, these new straws cannot currently be recycled by the company that processes McDonald’s paper cups.
U.K. customers use 1.8 million straws a day, and although the old plastic straws could be recycled, it will take time to develop an solution that keeps the paper ones out of the general waste bins.
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This post is based on the BBC article, McDonald’s Paper Straws Cannot Be Recycled, (no author given), August 5, 2019; the CNN article, McDonald’s new paper straws aren’t recyclable — but its axed plastic ones were, by Rob Picheta, August 5, 2019; and the YouTube video Are straws ever eco-friendly or guilt free?, by The Telegraph, August 6, 2019. Image source: Getty Images.
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