Coca Cola To Get Rid Of Plastic Straws

Replaced with paper

14 January 2019

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Coca-Cola Amatil has announced it will phase out plastic drinking straws and stirrers in Australia over the next two months and replace them with fully recyclable and biodegradable paper straws.

Group managing director Alison Watkins said on Monday, the decision was another step forward in the company's efforts to reduce single-use plastics.

"We've heard the community message loud and clear - that unnecessary packaging is unacceptable, and we all need to work together to reduce the amount entering litter streams, the environment and the oceans," she said.

The new paper drinking straws will be sourced from suppliers BioPak and Austraw and made available through Amatil's ordering platform to around 115,000 outlets nationwide including grocery, petrol and convenience stores, bars, cafes and quick service restaurants.

The company said distribution of the old single-use plastic drinking straws and stirrers will cease as stocks run out over the next two months.

The new sustainable paper straws will be available from February.

Ms Watkins said the intention was for 100 per cent of Coca-Cola Amatil's Australian packaging to be fully recyclable by 2025, including all bottles, cans, plastic wrap, straws, glass and cardboard.

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