Dunkin' Donuts to stop using foam cups by 2020

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By Joseph Pisani

Foam cups at Dunkin' Donuts will soon be history, removing from waste what the company estimates will be a billion cups annually.

Dunkin' will completely phase out the polystyrene foam cups from its stores globally by 2020.

There has been a push to ban foam packaging because it decomposes slowly, ends up in oceans and can harm marine life and other animals that ingest it, according to the company.

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., based in Canton, Mass., joins other chain restaurants trying to diminish its overall footprint.

Another fast food restaurant, McDonald's, said last month that it would use only recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025.

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