Are paper straws recyclable?

McDonald’s "environmentally friendly" paper straws are not recyclable

McDonald’s new paper straws, which according to the fast food chain are "environmentally friendly", cannot be recycled.

In Great Britain and Ireland, the company said goodbye to plastic straws last year as part of an environmental initiative.

Now, however, McDonald’s has admitted that the new paper straws are not that easy to recycle and should therefore be disposed of in the residual waste.

And that's why people are calling on McDonald’s to reintroduce the old plastic straws.

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Of course, #McDonald's paper straws are not recyclable. Local authorities make it clear that contaminated and contaminated materials cannot be recycled. A paper straw soaked from a drink cannot be recycled. Why didn't we notice this months ago !?

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Now the truth is coming out. McDonald’s paper straws cannot be recycled, but plastic straws can !!!!! Bring them back immediately

Customers express their displeasure with the new paper straws and criticize the fact that they would almost dissolve before the drink is empty.

The company responded to the outrage.

“Based on feedback from our customers, we have reinforced our paper straws. The material is recyclable, but the current thickness makes processing difficult by our disposal service providers, who also help us to recycle our paper cups, "said a McDonald’s spokesman.

While the company is looking for a solution, it recommends throwing the paper straws in the trash as a temporary measure.

A petition for the reintroduction of plastic straws was signed by over 50,000 people.

The restaurant chain has also come under fire on social media, as customers question why the paper straws are still used. Every day, 1.8 million straws are used at McDonald’s.

A Twitter user wrote: “Paper straws are replacing plastic ones, but they are neither suitable for this purpose nor are they recyclable. At the same time there are still happy meal toys made from ... you already guessed it: plastic. You really can't make that up. "

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@McDonald's paper straws are replacing the plastic ones, but they are neither suitable for this purpose nor are they recyclable. At the same time there are still Happy Meal toys made from ... you already guessed it: plastic. You really can't make that up.

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The stupidest story of the day: It turns out that, as part of an “environmental” campaign, @McDonalds has replaced recyclable plastic straws that won't dissolve in the drink with paper straws that are non-recyclable and will ruin your drink

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THESE PAPER STRAWS FROM MCDONALDS ARE NOT YET RECYCLABLE. YOU WANT TO FUCK US. THEY RUIN MY COLA FOR NO REASON

If plastic straws are not properly recycled, it can take hundreds of years to decompose.

Currently, less than half of all UK households recycle their rubbish. Therefore, going back to plastic straws doesn't seem like a viable option.

McDonald’s is currently working on an alternative to the problem. Until then, the company advises to dispose of the paper straws in the residual waste.

Customers can of course avoid the straw and lid entirely and simply drink from the cup.


Caroline Allen