McDonald’s UK Says Goodbye To Plastic Straws Across Its Restaurants
In line with its plans to have 100 percent of its packaging come from recyclable, renewable, or certified sources by 2025, McDonald’s recently announced that it will be eliminating plastic straws from some of its UK restaurants in a trial beginning May 2018.
The Golden Arches currently has 1,300 restaurants across the UK, and even though its straws are made from recyclable plastic, the brand notes that many customers tend to throw them into regular bins with other waste products. This is in spite of its 1,000 UK restaurants possessing recycling units for customers to separate their trash accordingly.
Furthermore, as Starbucks previously pointed out in its US$10 million project to reinvent its cup packaging, recycling isn’t as straightforward as many might think.
Together with implementing these biodegradable paper straws, McDonald’s UK will require customers to ask for a straw should they really require one. This experiment aims to deduce whether keeping straws behind the counter will help reduce waste further.
Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s UK, explained, “[T]he reduction and use of plastics is a hugely important issue – for our business, for the sector and for society.”
In the meantime, the company continues to research on eco-friendly alternatives to its plastic cup lids. “Those are complicated,” said Pomroy to Sky News, “but we’re working with our suppliers to find a solution to that.”