• Doug Birrell

The Last Straw aims to reduce single-use plastic in Toronto restaurants and bars

VANCOUVER -- Seeing trash cans overflowing with straws night after night has prompted a server in Toronto to launch a campaign against the plastic item that's become a target of the British government as it aims to rid such pollution from oceans, though Canada has stopped short of pushing for a similar commitment.

Jillian Lucas said her 10-year career in the restaurant business provided her with contacts at establishments that will be joining forces for The Last Straw on Saturday, when servers won't be providing straws in drinks, unless customers ask for them.

"It has blown up well past that," she said of restaurants and bars that have expressed an interest in the campaign that also involves her friend Tiffany Leeson.