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Coca-Cola Amatil to end distribution of single-use plastic straws, stirrers

Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd. said Jan. 14 that it will no longer distribute plastic drinking straws or stirrers in Australia, committing to its pledge in 2018 to shift to 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.

The Australian drinks company said the distribution of the old single-use plastic drinking straws and stirrers would cease as stocks run out over the next two months. The company, which bottles Coca-Cola Co. products, said it will instead stock fully recyclable and biodegradable paper straws accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council.

The sustainable paper straws would be available from February.

Coca-Cola Amatil will source its drinking straws from suppliers BioPak Pty Ltd. and Austraw. The paper straws will be made available through the drinks maker's ordering platform to about 115,000 outlets, including grocery, petrol and convenience stores in Australia.

The company said it will continue to work on sustainable solutions for straws on Tetra Pak-supplied packaging, as well as for plastic spoons and scoops used with frozen drinks.

Coca-Cola Amatil said the initiative is in line with U.S. soda giant Coca-Cola's "World Without Waste" goal of collecting and recycling one bottle or can for every one produced worldwide by 2030.