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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.

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.


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 on the plastic shopping bag ban, and fees on paper and reusable shopping bags.


By-law details for fees on single-use beverage cups.

Take-out containers

We're working with Vancouver Coastal Health to look at opportunities to launch a reusable take-out container initiative.

Complying with the by-laws

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