McDonald's will phase out plastic straws across Australia by , starting with a trial of paper straws at two restaurants from next month. McDonald's says it will start trial of paper straws in two restaurants from August Greenpeace welcomes decision to reduce consumption of single-use plastic Environmental groups say Australians use about 10 million plastic straws every day In a statement, McDonald's Australia director of supply chain Robert Sexton said the company had been working for some time to find appropriate alternatives. Environmental groups say Australians use about 10 million straws every day, or 3. In one of the new episodes of War On Waste, host Craig Reucassel goes to the company's Australian headquarters with a prop dubbed "McChokey" — a sea turtle sculpture made of straws. Emily Clark "I was quite surprised by the announcement from McDonald's as we did take a new logo for them, McChokey, awhile ago and their initial response was not great," he said.
Burn incident[ edit ] On February 27, , Stella Liebeck, a year-old woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico , ordered a cent cup of coffee from the drive-through window of a local McDonald's restaurant located at Gibson Boulevard Southeast. Liebeck was in the passenger's seat of a Ford Probe which did not have cup holders. Her grandson parked the car so that Liebeck could add cream and sugar to her coffee. Liebeck placed the coffee cup between her knees and pulled the far side of the lid toward her to remove it. In the process, she spilled the entire cup of coffee on her lap.