May 22, 2018

On May 16, 2018, the City of Vancouver became the first city in Canada to prohibit plastic straws, polystyrene foam cups, and take-out containers with the adoption of an early zero waste initiative – the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy.
The Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy responds to feedback heard by the City of Vancouver from large and small businesses, residents, and the community as a whole that “bold actions are needed to address problematic single-use materials.”
A ban on the distribution of polystyrene foam cups and containers and plastic straws will be introduced starting June 1, 2019.
The one-year gap between approval and implementation will allow for outreach and education to support small businesses as they transition into using more sustainable packaging materials, such as straws and take-out containers made from paper products.
To learn more about the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy and the City of Vancouver’s Zero Waste 2040 strategic plan click here.


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