A shock new report claims McDonald’s new ‘eco-friendly’ paper straws - which replaced plastic straws in the UK last year - can’t be recycled, and must be binned and burned.
Internal company memos from Macca’s in the UK claim the new straws are too thick and ‘cannot be processed by our waste solution providers’. And in an unbelievable twist, it’s been revealed that while the paper straws can’t be recycled, the old plastic ones - which UK McDonald’s always said were ‘100 per cent recyclable’ - can.
The internal memo admits: ‘Paper straws are not yet recyclable and should be disposed of in general waste until further notice.’
UK McDonald’s said yesterday: ‘We strengthened our paper straws so, while the materials are recyclable, their thickness makes it difficult for them to be processed by our waste solution providers.
‘We’re working with them to find a solution so putting paper straws in general waste is therefore temporary.’
The paper straws have already attracted criticism from some customers in the UK, who claim they dissolve in Coca-Cola and make milkshakes hard to drink.
‘When McDonald’s introduced paper straws it was getting pats on the back for being environmentally responsible,’ an insider told The Sun. ‘But it seems like it was a stunt to appease green campaigners because the things go straight in the rubbish. It’s ridiculously stupid.’
Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth’s Julian Kirby called on all McDonald’s to axe all straws, saying: ‘Lips have been a waste-free alternative for millions of years.’