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Public invited to provide input on Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy at pop-up events

November 25 2017

Illustration of a disposable cup, take-out-food container, and shopping bag

The City is inviting members of the public to provide feedback on options for the reduction of waste from single-use items, such as hot and cold beverage cups, fast food containers and plastic and paper bags, in-person at a series of Pop-Up events.

On June 27, the City launched its public and stakeholder engagement process as part of the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy and since then has been engaging with businesses, institutions, and not-for-profits to better understand how potential options may impact them. Now, the City is reaching out to the public for further input. Feedback gathered will help inform the development of a draft Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy.

The consultation and Pop-Up event series are intended to spark a conversation on how the City of Vancouver, residents and stakeholders can work together to develop a made-in-Vancouver solution that dramatically reduces single-use items, supports convenient, affordable and accessible alternatives, and could be adopted by other communities as we all work towards zero waste.

Pop-up engagement space: Participate and have your say

Join project staff and subject matter experts at our pop-up space to learn more about single-use item waste in Vancouver and the options we are considering as part of the draft strategy.

Pop-up location and hours of operation:

511 West Broadway, Vancouver BC

November 25 to 29: 10:30am – 1:30pm and 4:00pm - 7:00pm
November 30: Closed
December 1 to 3: 10:30am – 1:30pm and 4:00pm - 7:00pm
December 4 to 7: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Mandarin translation services are available at the pop-up space November 26 and 27 and December 2.

Additional consultation opportunities for stakeholders

The City is still seeking input from businesses, institutions, and not-for-profits through a consultation paper. Comments and written feedback on the consultation paper will be accepted until December 15, 2017. 

View the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy consultation paper

In support of the Greenest City Action Plan and goal to become a zero waste community by 2040, the City of Vancouver is creating a 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

Every week, 2.6 million disposable cups and 2 million plastic bags are thrown in the garbage in Vancouver. Cups and take-out containers make up about 50 per cent of all items collected in public waste bins and a significant portion of litter on Vancouver streets. Despite their convenience, it costs Vancouver taxpayers $2.5 million a year to collect these items from public waste bins and to clean up as litter.

City staff will present a draft Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy to Council in 2018.