With your help, we've created a made-in-Vancouver strategy to dramatically reduce waste from single-use items.
Information for residents on the bans on plastic straws, foam cups, and foam containers, and the by-laws on utensils, shopping bags, and cups.
Review details by item type below, or the by-law documents.
- Foam By-Law Amendments PDF file (16 KB)
- By-law prohibiting foam cups and foam take-out containers (amends License By-law No. 4450) PDF file (103 KB)
Foam cups and foam take-out containers
Jan 1, 2020: ban begins for business license holders
Apr 22, 2020: accessibility requirements and ban begin
Apr 22, 2020: by-request requirement begins
Jan 1, 2021: $0.25 fee begins
Plastic and paper bags
Jan 1, 2021: ban on plastic and compostable plastic shopping bags begins, fees on paper and reusable shopping bags
Staff are working with Vancouver Coastal Health to explore opportunities to launch a reusable container initiative in Vancouver.
Review the by-laws, strategy documents, Council updates, consultation reports, and historic timeline of the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy.