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So, McDonald's Is Getting Rid Of Its Plastic Straws And I, For One, Am Thrilled

It's happening in the UK, and it's good news, trust me.

When you're hangry, there are few things more satisfying than a McDonald's meal to go.

Ideally on a Friday night at, like, 3 a.m.
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Ideally on a Friday night at, like, 3 a.m.

But for a long time, that instant gratification has come at a price — namely, all the waste generated by takeout containers and wrappers.

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Well, starting in May, McDonald's is making moves to reduce some of its ecological footprint by phasing out plastic straws at its UK locations and replacing them with biodegradable paper ones. 👏

According to Sky News, McDonald's will start the trial in May in its 1,300 restaurants around the UK. The news comes after an announcement by the company earlier this year that it will recycle packaging in all of its almost 37,000 restaurants globally by 2025.
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According to Sky News, McDonald's will start the trial in May in its 1,300 restaurants around the UK. The news comes after an announcement by the company earlier this year that it will recycle packaging in all of its almost 37,000 restaurants globally by 2025.

“Since 2015, recycling units have been installed in over 1,000 of our UK restaurants, enabling our customers and employees to easily separate packaging for recycling," Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s UK CEO, told BuzzFeed.

"This includes our straws, which are made from recyclable plastic. But we know more can be done."
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"This includes our straws, which are made from recyclable plastic. But we know more can be done."

The restaurant will also start keeping straws behind counters, meaning you'll have to ask a cashier if you want one.

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Customers are pretty pleased with the news.

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Some organizations want the change to be implemented more widely.

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While others think it's an insufficient, half-assed step.

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TBH, as long as the new biodegradable straws don't disintegrate when faced with the mighty force of a McDonald's milkshake, we think this is a pretty good development.

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