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McDonald's Tests Phaseout of Polystyrene in Beverage Containers

8:22 AM MDT | March 26, 2012 | Kara Sissell

McDonald's Corp. has agreed to test market a switch from polystyrene to paper cups in 200 locations, primarily on the U.S. West Coast, after a group of shareholders urged the fast food giant to consider stronger environmental policies for its beverage containers. The resolution was approved last year by 29% of McDonalds shareholders, an unusually strong showing considering that similar resolutions rarely obtain even half as many votes, sources say. McDonald's phased out use of polystyrene in its clam shell sandwich containers nearly 20 years ago, but polystyrene...


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