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.
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