One London McDonald’s location is leaving plastic packaging behind, doling out wooden cutlery, paper straws and paper cup lids to patrons as part of a closely tracked pilot project by McDonald’s Canada’s corporate office.

The McDonald’s restaurant at 1033 Wonderland Rd. South is one of only two locations in the country testing plastic-free packaging, with the other restaurant in Vancouver.

The fast-food giant is tracking customer response at both locations, with generally positive reactions to the change.

The McFlurry spoons and lids are still plastic at the Wonderland Road location, but the forks, knives, other spoons and coffee stir sticks at the store are made of wood. Cup lids are made of recyclable wood fibre with straws made of paper.

“When I go to other places and get a plastic drink lid, I say to myself, ‘Why are we still doing this?’” said Melissa McNicol, who dropped by the Wonderland Road South restaurant.

“It’s a great idea,” Mo Almusawi said while eating lunch with his children at the restaurant. “I think it’s a good move for the environment.”

The lessons McDonalds Canada learns from its two Green Concept stores will help shape chain-wide policy, the company says.

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