On November 27, Vancouver City Council approved a ban on single-use plastics. The vote came after a staff report was presented to council recommending new rules for single-use items, including cups and utensils.
After the plastic bag ban is enabled, businesses will be allowed to offer paper bags for 15 cents each for the first year, before it increases to 25 cents a bag. There will also be a 25-cent charge for disposable coffee cups.
A couple of exemptions have been built into the plastic straw ban:
Businesses must provide bendable straws upon request, to accommodate people with disabilities.
There is a one-year exemption for wider straws served with bubble tea to allow businesses time to find alternatives.
Come April, businesses will also be required to only provide single-use utensils when requested.
The Retail Council of Canada has argued publicly that the ban “by-laws are not harmonized with other jurisdictions and are more complex than any other jurisdiction to-date: this is despite words in the staff report that emphasize the importance of harmonization and simplicity to the business community. RCC will advocate against key aspects of the by-law at Vancouver City Council.”
Detailed information on the City’s proposals can be found here.
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