Vancouver bans plastic bags and other single-use items
Source Canadian Grocer
Vancouver is bringing in bans on the use of plastic
bags, straws and other single-use items, while introducing what the
city believes to be a first-of-its-kind fee for disposable cups in the
Mayor Kennedy Stewart says bylaws passed by city council balance
public demand for action on disposable items with the needs of those
with disabilities and the business community.
“We have heard loud and clear that reducing waste from single-use
items is important to residents and that bold action is needed,” Stewart
said Thursday in a news release.
Under the new rules, plastic and compostable plastic straws will be
banned on April 22, but food vendors must provide bendable straws upon
request to meet an accessibility requirement. A one-year extension has
been granted to allow plastic straws served with bubble tea, allowing
more time for the market to provide alternatives.
Single-use utensils can only be given out when requested.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, plastic and compostable plastic shopping bags will also be prohibited. Retailers can still provide paper bags, but they must contain at
least 40% recycled content. Shoppers will be charged a fee of 15 cents
for each paper bag in the first year, then 25 cents a bag after that.
The fees for buying reusable bags will be $1 in 2021 and $2 beginning the next year.
Disposable cups will also come with a 25-cent fee.