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McDonald’s Trials to Stop Using Styrofoam Cups

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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8:03AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:06PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

get rid of it all!

11:44AM PDT on May 25, 2012

Good to know...

9:51AM PDT on May 23, 2012

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

5:23AM PDT on May 23, 2012

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

1:20AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

thank you for info..

5:23PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

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.

5:22PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

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.

8:16PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

I do not know which is worse

8:01PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

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

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