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