McDonald’s Trials to Stop Using Styrofoam Cups

25 years ago, a campaign started to get McDonald’s to replace its use of Styrofoam.

In 1990, McDonald’s said they would phase it out but that only happened with burger boxes. Now they actually are testing paper cups in thousands of stores, following a shareholder resolution.

These cups don’t quickly degrade, fill up landfill and end up in places like the great Pacific garbage patch. The chemicals and waste used to produce them pollute and laching from them may effect health.

Conrad MacKerron, of corporate accountability group As You Sow, described the move as “a great first step for McDonald’s.”

“Given the company’s history of using high levels of recycled content in other food packaging, we hope that it follows suit with its cups and also establishes a robust recycling program for post-consumer waste left in its restaurants,” he said in a statement.

MacKerron’s group introduced a shareholder proposal last summer, asking McDonald’s to consider alternatives to polystyrene.

Last year, the Republicans in Congress fought a battle to get Styrofoam cups back in their cafeteria as part of the fight against the liberty-removing House composting program.

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The Fight to Get Styrofoam Banned in California

Call For Mandatory Nutrition Information on Restaurant Menus

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97 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

get rid of it all!

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

Good to know...

Jim W.
j W.4 years ago

Do styrofoam cups make your coffee taste as bitter as Richa B. is?

Patti R.
Patti Ruocco4 years ago

I's a first step...take it for what it is....

LMj Sunshine

thank you for info..

Leigh E.
Leigh EVERETT4 years ago

I can't believe that in America you STILL use styrofoam!! When ARE you going to understand the aspect that we are polluting our planet not to mention the health problems you are creating for yourselves. Styrofoam contains high levels of BPA's.

Sue C.

This is probably where the horrible taste comes from.

Leigh E.
Leigh EVERETT4 years ago

I can't believe that in America you STILL use styrofoam!! When ARE you going to understand the aspect that we are polluting our planet not to mention the health problems you are creating for yourselves. Styrofoam contains high levels of BPA's.

Sue C.

This is probably where the horrible taste comes from.

Luna Starr
luna starr4 years ago

I do not know which is worse

Hannah L.
Hannah L.4 years ago

Great, considering styrofoam is why I don't buy McDonald's coffee! (I know I could have brought my own mug.)