(THUNDER BAY,ON) – A&W Canada has announced that plastic straws are being banned from all locations by January 2019. This makes A&W the first fast food restaurant chain to eliminate straws in all of North America.
According to representatives from A&W Canada, the plastic straws are going to be replaced with a biodegradable paper straw.
This move will eliminate over 82 million plastic straws from going into our landfills each year.
Susan Senecal, CEO of A&W Canada says that reducing plastic waste from landfills is a top priority for A&W. Senecal also says that this is one big way that they can make a difference.
Along with A&W, several other independent restaurants and companies are pledging to making the change from plastic to paper as well.
IKEA is among the many companies making the change. In an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint, IKEA is planning to remove all single use plastic products by the year 2020.
Other municipalities in Canada have already introduced bylaws in an effort to phase out plastic straws. Vancouver for example, has not only banned the distribution of plastic straws but also foam take out containers and cups.
Prime minister Justin Trudeau is working on a zero-waste plastics charter, in which he wants other leaders to sign as well.
Sources: A&W Canada, Photo credit A&W Thunder Bay