Information for businesses, charities, and not-for-profits

COVID-19 update: outreach and enforcement

December 10, 2020: Council has approved a revised start date of January 1, 2022 for the shopping bag and disposable cup by-laws. 

A public awareness campaign, by-law guide, and business toolkit will launch in early 2021 to encourage behaviour change and help businesses prepare for, comply with, and communicate the upcoming requirements to their staff and customers. 

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Federal regulation of single-use items

The federal government is proposing to regulate single-use items.

86% of residents see the importance of reducing single-use items. In Vancouver, becoming zero waste is part of who we are.

We’re taking bold actions to reduce waste and litter from single-use items and are committed to working with businesses, charities, and not-for-profits to affect long-lasting change.

Foam cups and foam take-out containers

By-law details on the ban on foam cups and foam take-out containers.

Plastic straws

By-law details on the plastic straw ban, flexible plastic straw requirement for accessibility, and one-year bubble tea exemption.

Disposable utensils

By-law details on single-use utensils.


By-law details for fees and reporting requirements on single-use beverage cups, and reporting exemptions for reusable cup-share programs.

Shopping bags

By-law details on the plastic shopping bag ban, and fees on paper and reusable shopping bags.

Complying with the by-laws


How we got here: review the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy by-laws, documents, Council updates, consultation reports, and historic timeline.

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