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Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

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.

With your help, we've created a made-in-Vancouver strategy to dramatically reduce waste from single-use items.

Businesses, charities, not-for-profits

Helping businesses, charities, and not-for-profits prepare for bans and by-laws on single-use items.


Information for residents on the bans and by-laws on single-use items.

Approved by-laws for single-use items


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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