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Bye-bye plastic straws!

After A&W Canada became the first restaurant chain in North America to ditch plastic straws, Recipe Unlimited (formerly Cara Operations) – a company that owns and operates several major restaurant chains across Canada – are set to follow suit.

“Our goal is to enrich life in Canada…and that extends beyond our restaurants and guests, to our oceans, wildlife and environment,” says Frank Hennessey, CEO, Recipe Unlimited Corporation.

“Straws are just one component of the work we’re undertaking to eliminate single use plastics from our supply chain and shift to recyclable or compostable materials wherever possible.”

Plastic straws will start to be phased out in all the restaurants operated by the company as of August 2018, with the goal of providing only paper straws by the end of March 2019.

Here are the restaurant chains in question:

  • Swiss Chalet
  • Harvey’s
  • St-Hubert
  • The Keg
  • Milestones
  • Montana’s
  • Kelsey’s
  • East Side Mario’s
  • New York Fries
  • Prime Pubs
  • Bier Markt
  • Landing
  • Original Joe’s
  • State & Main
  • Elephant & Castle
  • The Burger’s Priest
  • The Pickle Barrel
  • 1909 Taverne Moderne.