COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
April 9, 2020: The start dates for the single-use item by-laws for straws, utensils, cups, and shopping bags remain unchanged.
However, we're suspending education, outreach, and enforcement for these by-laws until further notice.
The City's priority is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring essential services continue uninterrupted.
In Vancouver, 86% of residents see the importance of reducing single-use items.
Single-use item waste is generated in staggering amounts and is a significant component of street and shoreline litter.
Despite their convenience, these items:
- 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
- Are often not recycled or composted
- Take up valuable space in our landfill
- Have a lasting impact on our environment long after being used for a short period of time
- Require a significant amount of resources to produce
With your help, we've created a strategy to dramatically reduce waste from single-use items.
Impact in Vancouver
Council directs staff to report back on regulatory options
Phase 1 consultation
How to address regulations in Zero Waste 2040
Jun 2017 to Feb 2018
Phase 2 consultation
Actions to include in a strategy
Mar to Apr 2018
Phase 3 consultation
Finalize draft strategy
Jun 5, 2018
Strategy approved by Council
Jan to Apr 2019
Phase 4 consultation
By-law details and implementation plans
Apr 29, 2019
Council adopted by-law to ban foam cups and foam containers
By-law requirements for straws, shopping bags, cups, and utensils presented to Council
Jan 1, 2020
Ban on foam cups and foam take-out containers begins
We are here
Apr 22 2020
Ban on plastic straws with requirements for accessibility and disposable utensils by-request only begin
Jan 1, 2021
Ban on plastic and compostable plastic shopping bags, fees on disposable cups, and fees on paper and reusable bags begin