McDonald’s Taupo is seeing what it’s like to be a strawless fast food restaurant.

Straws aren’t being automatically thrown in with diners’ meals in what is being touted by the restaurant as a world-first step to reduce non-biodegradable waste.

Franchise owner Eileen Byrne said the restaurant would run a trial for three months to see what people thought of the initiative.

“If people are having soft drinks, we’ll ask them if they want a straw – it won’t be automatically included.”

“But Frozen Cokes, McFlurry and milkshake-buying customers will still receive the straw-spoon,” she said.

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