The City of Vancouver approved new by-laws Wednesday, targeting single-use items like plastic bags, disposable cups, utensils, and plastic straws.
“We have heard loud and clear that reducing waste from single-use items is important to residents and that bold action is needed,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart in a release.
Stewart added that the bylaw is a step toward the City’s 2040 goal to reduce waste.
“We’re hopeful to see harmonized leadership from the Province that will further protect our shorelines and parks and encourage lasting behaviour change,” he said.
The by-law won’t just reduce items made from plastic, but many types of single-use items.
The Plan To Reduce Single-Use Items
Starting January 1, 2020, Vancouver will ban the use of foam cups and foam take-out containers.
Then by April 22, 2020, a ban on plastic straws will come into effect. But food vendors must provide plastic bending straws, wrapped in paper, to customers who ask for it, on account of accessibility.
There is a one-year exemption for bubble tea plastic straws, to give time for the market to find another option.
By January 1, 2021, the by-law will ban plastic and compostable plastic shopping bags, with fees for paper and reusable bags.
The minimum fee will be 15 cents per paper bag and one dollar per reusable bag.
And by January 1, 2022, that will increase to 25 cents per paper bag and two dollars per reusable bag. By then, there will also be a minimum 25 fees for disposable cups.
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