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Global fast-food chains to phase out use of straws


BEIJING: As global fast-food chains and coffee shops begin phasing out single-use plastic straws and stir sticks, both major sources of pollution, environmentalists in China say government support is needed to ensure such efforts can help clean the world’s oceans.

McDonald’s China introduced a “strawless” lid for cold beverages at 10 Beijing restaurants on Nov 1. Diners also will not receive plastic straws unless they specifically ask, according to a new company policy aimed at reducing plastic waste.

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