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McDonald’s says that the paper straws that many UK customers hate can’t actually be recycled

McDonald's introduced paper straws in all of its 1,361 McDonald's restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland last year.
President Donald Trump.

Trump says ‘we have bigger problems than plastic straws’

"There is a lot of other things to focus on," Trump said after his campaign began selling branded plastic straws to troll liberal cities banning them.
Beach debris along the north side of Direction Island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Scientists found 414 million pieces of trash on these tiny islands in the Indian Ocean — more proof that the plastic problem is out of control

Researchers have discovered that the beaches of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are drowning in trash. They found 414 million pieces of plastic debris.
This is the last straw for Gen Z.

Chains are spending millions to ban plastic straws from their restaurants — and according to a survey of over 1,800 young people, it’s pro...

Generation Z widely views plastic waste as an important issue for restaurant chains to combat.
The average lifespan of a plastic bag is 12 minutes.

In some countries, people face jail time for using plastic bags. Here are all the places that have banned plastic bags and straws so far.

New York is the third US state to ban plastic bags. But the concept is already quite popular around the world.

An edible straw made of seaweed could soon replace polluting plastic straws

Loliware launched a seaweed straw that dissolves over time as a replacement for plastic straws.
Police called it a "tussle over straws."

A viral video appears to show a Florida man attacking a McDonald’s employee over a plastic straw

A Florida man became outraged and attacked a McDonald's employee after she informed him of a new rule about plastic straws, police and a witness said.
Plastic straws are becoming taboo. But they're only a tiny fraction of the plastic floating in our oceans.

California just became the first US state to ban plastic straws in restaurants — unless customers ask

California restaurant goers, your days of sipping from a straw are numbered. On Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1884, a rule that "prohibits dine-in restaurants from automatically providing plastic straws" to customers.

Starbucks is rolling out paper straws at some of its stores starting in September

Starbucks is said to be bringing paper straws into its South Korean stores starting September 10, as part of a global phase-out of traditional plastic straws. It part of the coffee chain's move to reduce negative impacts on the environment.

McDonald’s is testing plastic straw alternatives as US cities crack down on single-use straws

As several US cities enact their own bans on plastic straws, McDonald's is trying to stay ahead of the curve by finding an alternative. The announcement comes amid calls from activists urging McDonald's and other food conglomerates to ditch plastic straws.