Northern Alberta Boston Pizza eliminating straws

Click to play video: 'The Last Straw Challenge: Alberta single-use plastic' The Last Straw Challenge: Alberta single-use plastic
WATCH ABOVE: Waste Free Edmonton has challenged bars and restaurants in Calgary and Edmonton to get rid of single-use plastic straws for a weekend. Sean Stepchuk explains – Jul 10, 2018

A day after Starbucks announced it is getting rid of all straws by 2020, Boston Pizza says dozens of its Alberta locations will do the same by the end of the week.

Boston Pizza Northern Alberta says it has partnered with Waste Free Edmonton to have its 68 restaurants go “straw free” by Saturday.

READ MORE: Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020

The franchise said a bio-degradable or compostable straw will only be provided upon a customer’s request.

“The franchisees of the 68 locations the office represents understand that each one of us makes an impact on our environment,” Boston Pizza business manager Julie Sharkey said.

“We realized that we had been enabling this wastage by serving each drink with a straw.”

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READ MORE: Britain is banning plastic straws — and asking Canada to join

Waste Free Edmonton is working to reduce the amount of waste created in Edmonton, with a focus on single-use disposable items. The organization started the Last Straw Edmonton campaign, which calls on local businesses to go straw-free for at least one day on July 14.

An Edmonton Boston Pizza location highlights the new no single-use plastic straw practice. July 10, 2018. Dave Carels, Global News

“We are extremely pleased that Boston Pizza Northern Alberta has agreed to go straw-free,” Waste Free Edmonton co-founder Sean Stepchuk said.

“We applaud them for demonstrating environmental leadership and we hope other businesses follow their lead.”

READ MORE: Harvey’s, The Keg among major chains to ditch plastic straws

Last week, Recipe Unlimited Corp. said it will eliminate plastic straws from its 19 restaurant brands, including Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Kelsey’s and East Side Mario’s.

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The Boston Pizza on Calgary Trail in Edmonton will offer biodegradable straws. Dean Twardzik, Global News

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