MCDONALD's new "environmentally friendly" paper straw cannot be recycled.
Plastics were bought in all branches of the UK as part of a green drive – although the fast food giant has said they were “100 per cent recyclable. ”
But The Sun today reveals an internal Mac memo admitting that the new paper versions – hated by customers – are in fact not recyclable and need to be plugged in and burned.
McDonald's decision to swap recyclable plastic straws for "non-recyclable" paper versions was today labeled as a dumb stunt. ”
It dumped 1.8 million n of plastic straws used by its British restaurants every day as part of a huge green drive.
An insider said: "When McDonald's introduced paper straw, it got pat on the back for being environmentally responsible.
" But it seems like it was a stunt to reassure green campaigners because things are going right in the garbage . It's ridiculously stupid. "
The paper straws have gained many thousands of McDonald's customers making them milkshakes difficult to drink and dissolve in cola.
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The company has admitted one that the plastic straws were "100 percent recyclable" but said it was changed to paper because "more can be done. ”
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A recycling expert on Sunday said that McDonald's had wiped out by trying to calm environmental campaigns.
Stuart Foster of plastic recycling charity RECOUP said: "Everyone is turned on by environmental discussions, but the big companies need time to understand what they are doing."
Former Secretary of Climate Change Ed Davey said: "It really can't be that difficult to replace plastic straws. People will sit and wonder where this was just a greenwash or a monumental cock-up."
McDonald's withdrew its plastic straws in September, promising to use paper in all its 1,361 branches across the UK and Ireland.
The note admits: "Paper straws are not yet recyclable and should be disposed of in normal waste for the time being."
McDonald & # 39; s said on Sunday: "We strengthened our paper straws, while the materials are recyclable, the thickness makes it difficult for them to be processed by our waste management suppliers.
" We work with them to find a solution, so that's why temporarily putting paper straw in general waste. "
Julian's Friends of the Earth asked McDonald's to ax all straws. He said," Lips have been a waste-free alternative for millions of years. "