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A&W Canada says goodbye to plastic straws

Susan Senecal, president and CEO of A&W Canada, alongside the company’s public art send-off to plastic straws.
Susan Senecal, president and CEO of A&W Canada, alongside the company’s public art send-off to plastic straws.

A&W Canada has followed through on its pledge to ditch plastic straws.

The food-service franchise celebrated the change with a public art installation outside of Toronto’s Union Station. The orange typography, comprised of the company’s final plastic straws, reads ‘change is good.’

“We are proud to make this change, which has been driven by the wishes of our franchisees, their staff, and our customers,” said Susan Senecal, president and CEO of A&W Canada.

Last summer, the company announced its intention to eliminate plastic straws in all of its Canadian restaurants by year-end. The franchise system’s new paper straws are 100 per cent biodegradable, compostable, and sustainably sourced. They are built to last for two to three hours in a drink and to break down naturally in three to six months. The switch will keep an estimated 82 million plastic straws out of landfills and waterways each year.

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