McDonald's new eco-friendly paper straws can't be recycled

McDonald's new eco-friendly paper straws can't be recycled

The paper straw industry is a new one - a year ago there were very few businesses using them and there were no manufacturers of paper straws in the UK.

Numerous social media users pointed out that they became soggy in drinks, and a petition calling on the firm to bring back their old straws has been signed more than 50,000 times.

An internal McDonald's memo, leaked by an insider to The Sun, shows that members of staff in the United Kingdom are advised to put the paper straws into general trash along with food and other nonrecyclables "until further notice".

McDonald's explained the memo: "We strengthened our paper straws so, while the materials are recyclable, their thickness makes it hard for them to be processed by our waste solution providers". But now a leaked memo has revealed the new paper straws are not recyclable at all and staff are simply being told to throw them in the bin.

As part of a growing movement against plastic straws, McDonald's removed their plastic straws from every United Kingdom branch during by the end of a year ago, even though they could be recycled.

Ironically, the plastic straws that they replaced were "100 percent recyclable".

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The straws, which are manufactured by Transcend Packaging in Wales are recyclable, but the thickness makes it nearly impossible for them to be processed.

However, he said "infrastructure from businesses and local authorities" was needed "to help to maximise the opportunity to recycle them".

When McDonald's first introduced paper straws last June, it got a pat on the back for being environmentally vigil and responsible.

"The waste from our restaurants does not go to landfill, but is used to generate energy", the company added. "People will be left wondering where this was just greenwash or a monumental c**k-up".

In May this year, former environment secretary Michael Gove confirmed a ban on single-use plastic coming into force in April 2020 will still allow pubs and bars to provide plastic straws to disabled customers on request. We should be thinking about how to avoid waste creation.

The company is now working on a permanent solution for the problem.

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