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Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

COVID-19 update: outreach and enforcement

December 10, 2020: Council has approved a revised start date of January 1, 2022 for the shopping bag and disposable cup by-laws. 

A public awareness campaign, by-law guide, and business toolkit will launch in early 2021 to encourage behaviour change and help businesses prepare for, comply with, and communicate the upcoming requirements to their staff and customers. 

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Federal regulation of single-use items

The federal government is proposing to regulate single-use items .

We will continue to advocate for federal regulations that meet the highest standards and align with our by-laws.

If the federal government proceeds with its regulations, City Council may consider how these regulations affect its by-laws and change them. Until then, Vancouver business license holders are required to comply with the City’s single-use item by-laws.

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

Businesses, charities, not-for-profits

Compliance information for the foam, plastic straw, utensil, cup and shopping bag by-laws. Includes link to resource toolkits.


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

Shopping bag support plan

In partnership with non-profits and social enterprises, we're exploring options to provide free reusable shopping bags to residents in need.

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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