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McDonald's switches to paper straws, wooden utensils across Japan

Hamburger chain's shift to eliminate 900 tonnes of plastic waste annually

McDonald's has tested wooden utensils and paper straws at some locations in Japan since February. (Photo by Yuhei Kambe)

TOKYO -- McDonald's Japan will adopt paper straws and wooden utensils at all locations starting on Friday, a move that the fast-food chain expects will eliminate 900 tonnes of plastic waste a year, Nikkei has learned.

The chain will stop offering plastic straws and forks as supplies run out at its roughly 2,900 locations nationwide.

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