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Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

We are developing the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy to explore how we can reduce waste from:

  • Disposable hot and cold drink cups
  • Plastic and paper shopping bags
  • Polystyrene foam and other take-out containers 

We all have a role to play in helping to shape a made-in-Vancouver solution that reduces waste from single-use items, enables innovation, and drives further zero-waste progress. We can’t get there alone.

Did you know?

Despite their convenience, single-use items:

  • Use a significant amount of resources
  • Are often not reused or recycled
  • Take up valuable space in our landfill
  • Impact our environment long after they're used
  • Cost Vancouver taxpayers about $2.5 million per year to collect from public waste bins and to clean up as litter in our parks, streets, and green spaces

Expand the boxes below for:

  • A waste snapshot about disposable cups, shopping bags, and take-out containers
  • Initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle each type

Get involved

Subscribe to updates, join us at a zero waste event, and share your ideas to reduce waste and consumption.

Help shape the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

Businesses, industry experts, organizations, and other levels of government are invited to help develop a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy.

Provide feedback on a consultation paper

Read the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy consultation paper

Your input and suggestions are important to us. Submit your comments by Friday, December 15, 2017 in one of the following ways:

By Email:

singleuse.consultationpaper@vancouver.ca

Online comment form:

Consultation Paper Response Form

By Mail:

City of Vancouver - Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy Consultation
453 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Attend a roundtable:

Join other industry experts for an in-person discussion of potential options. Register online in advance. Locations vary.

Disposable cups

Shopping bags

Take-out food containers

Timeline

  • Feb 2016

    Council directs staff to report back on regulatory options for single-use items

  • Mar-Sep 2016

    Research to identify regulatory options and other best practices

  • Oct 2016

    Phase 1 consultation

    Single-Use Item Reduction workshop

  • Dec 2016-
    Feb 2017

    Further research and analysis

  • Mar-May 2017

    Develop emerging directions

  • June 2017

    Council update and consultation launch

  • Summer 2017

    Phase 2 consultation

  • We are here
  • Aug-Dec 2017

    • Share discussion guide with stakeholders (industry, businesses, institutions, non-profits, and other government agencies) for review and feedback
    • Roundtable discussions with stakeholder groups
    • Talk Vancouver survey
    • Public education and awareness at Pop Up City Hall and other events
  • Early 2018

    Present consultation results to City Council

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