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December 10, Council has approved a revised start date of January 1, for the shopping bag and disposable cup by-laws. A public awareness campaign, by-law guide, and business toolkit will launch in early to encourage behaviour change and help businesses prepare for, comply with, and communicate the upcoming requirements to their staff and customers.

The federal government is proposing to regulate single-use items External website, opens in new tab. 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. With your help, we've created a made-in-Vancouver strategy to dramatically reduce waste from single-use items.

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Compliance information for the foam, plastic straw, utensil, cup and shopping bag by-laws. Includes link to resource toolkits. In partnership with non-profits and social enterprises, we're exploring options to provide free reusable shopping bags to residents in need. Effective Jan 1,businesses, charities, and not-for-profits are banned from serving prepared food and beverages in foam cups and foam take-out containers.

These items can only be provided upon customer request. Self-serve stations are allowed. During COVID, charitable food services may continue to distribute single-use items with food or meals, but are expected to begin working towards complying with the by-laws as soon as it is possible for them. Jan 1, ban on plastic and compostable plastic shopping bags begins, fees on paper and new reusable shopping bags. How we got here: review the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy by-laws, documents, Council updates, consultation reports, and historic timeline. Information for residents. Resources for businesses and charities.

View Privacy Policy. Site Search:. Green Vancouver. COVID update: outreach and enforcement December 10, Council has approved a revised start date of January 1, for the shopping bag and disposable cup by-laws. -up for outreach and education updates Federal regulation of single-use items The federal government is proposing to regulate single-use items External website, opens in new tab. Businesses, charities, not-for-profits Compliance information for the foam, plastic straw, utensil, cup and shopping bag by-laws.

Residents 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.

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Approved by-laws for single-use items Foam cups and foam take-out containers Jan 1, ban begins for business licence holders. Exemptions Hospitals and community care facilities are exempt from the ban. A temporary exemption until Dec 31, for charitable food services will apply. When this happens in recycling bins, the foam and any other materials around it cannot be recycled properly.

For this reason, foam must be recycled at depots, and must be clean and dry. Plastic straws Apr 22, accessibility requirements and ban begin. Accessibility requirement: Businesses are required to stock flexible plastic straws, individually wrapped in paper to ensure that customers who are unable to drink without a straw, or have difficulty drinking, can safely consume beverages and nutrition. Anyone who asks for a flexible plastic straw should receive one. People are not required, and should not be asked, to provide any medical information to prove their need.

Ban on all other plastic straws, including: Plastic made from fossil fuel products Plastic that is labeled or described as compostable, degradable Plastic that is labeled or described as made from plants or other biological materials example: corn, potatoes, sugarcane During COVID, charitable food services may continue to distribute single-use items with food or meals, but are expected to begin working towards complying with the by-laws as soon as it is possible for them.

A temporary exemption until April 21, is provided for plastic straws served with bubble tea to allow time for the market to provide alternatives. Straws attached to drink boxes or drink pouches. Packages of at least 20 straws sold for personal use. Learn more, access resources Businesses, charities, and not-for-profits: learn more and get resources Residents: learn what these by-laws mean for you Waste snapshot Inabout 31 million plastic straws were thrown in the garbage in Vancouver. On top of that, an unknown of plastic straws were littered in the natural environment. Disposable utensils Apr 22, by-request requirement begins.

Packages of at least 20 single-use utensils sold for personal use.

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Inabout million single-use utensils were thrown in the garbage in Vancouver — not including utensils that are littered in the natural environment. Two thirds were single-use chopsticks and wooden utensils. This is intended to encourage food vendors to participate in reusable cup- share programs.

Exemptions Hospitals, community care facilities, and charitable food providers are exempt from the requirement to charge fees on disposable cups. The cup fee and reporting requirement do not apply to single-use cups used to serve prepared food, such as soup, pudding, frozen desserts, and more.

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Packages of at least six single-use beverage cups sold for personal use. Recycle BC accepts polycoat paper cups in its household and apartment recycling program, but many businesses do not accept them because their waste collection companies struggle to access recycling markets. Shopping bags Jan 1, ban on plastic and compostable plastic shopping bags begins, fees on paper and new reusable shopping bags.

Revenue from the bag fees are not remitted to the City. Exemptions Hospitals and community care facilities are exempt. Charitable food providers cannot provide plastic shopping bags, but can provide paper and reusable shopping bags at no cost. Pharmacies are not required to charge fees on paper and reusable shopping bags used to transport prescription drugs.

Small paper bags less than 15 cm x 20cm when flat Large shopping bags used to transport linens, bedding, or other similar items that cannot easily fit in a paper or reusable shopping bag are permitted. Learn more, access resources Businesses, charities, and not-for-profits: learn more and get resources Residents: avoid bag fees, BYOB Bring Your Own Bag Waste snapshot Inabout 89 million plastic shopping bags and 4 million paper shopping bags were thrown in the garbage in Vancouver.

Plastic bags were the sixth most common type of litter found on shorelines inaccording to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Background How we got here: review the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy by-laws, documents, Council updates, consultation reports, and historic timeline. Get updates What mailing lists do you want to subscribe to? Businesses, charities, not-for-profits Residents Shopping bag support plan Background.

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