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Starbucks' new strawless lids should arrive in Vancouver next year

A Starbucks sign is pictured in downtown Vancouver on March 20, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Toronto is the first city to test out the coffee giant's new strawless lids

The new lids contain nine per cent less plastic than the old packaging

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – The lid on your grande iced hazelnut soy latte will is about to look a little different.

Starbucks is rolling out new strawless lids for its iced beverages as part of its plan to phase out plastic straws from all of its 30,000 locations worldwide.

Toronto being the first city to try them out, with the rest of the country to follow sometime in 2020. Straws will still be available upon request for patrons who want them.

The company says these new lids contain nine per cent less plastic than the current straw and lid setup. They are also fully recyclable.

The city of Vancouver has pushed the date of its plastic straw prohibition to April of next year, though several restaurant chains have already adopted alternatives.