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Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

COVID-19 update: outreach and enforcement

October 22, 2020: Outreach and education will restart soon to help businesses, organizations, and non-profits comply with single-use item by-laws.

​​​​​​​Due to COVID-19, we're using discretion on when and where to enforce the single-use item by-laws:

  • Businesses are expected to comply or begin working to comply with the by-laws as soon as it is possible for them
  • Charitable food services may continue to distribute single-use items with food or meals during COVID-19, but are expected to begin working towards complying with the by-laws as soon as it is possible for them

Our priority continues to be responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring essential services continue uninterrupted.

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.

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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