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

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.


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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