McDonald's Controversial Paper Straws Cannot Be Recycled
Reports claim that the new paper straws at McDonald's in the UK cannot be recycled.
The chain brought out the paper straws in an attempt to reduce plastic waste, but this was brought with much controversy due to the fact that they crumpled up when used in drinks and milkshakes.
Last year, they introduced the paper straws in UK branches, but the US fast-food giant says that the paper straws are not easy to recycle, and should be put into general waste.
The material is recyclable, however, the thickness of the straws makes it increasingly difficult to process.
Due to the straws being dissolved in customers drinks, particularly milkshakes, McDonald's stated that they had "strengthened our paper straws, so while the materials are recyclable, their current thickness makes it difficult for them to be processed by our waste solution providers, who also help us recycle our paper cups."
McDonald's goes through approximately 1.8 million straws each day in the UK, so the move to paper straws was a significant step into reducing single-use plastic.
Plastic straws are usually made out of polypropylene and polystyrene, which take hundreds of years to decompose if not recycled.
"For too long the debate has been stuck on recycling and how to deal with waste once it is created.
We should be thinking about how to avoid waste creation."
"Lips have been a waste-free alternative to straws for millions of years."