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The Vancouver city council recently approved the "Single-use Item reduction strategy" to phase out plastic bags, foam cups and takeout containers by 2021.
Dec 06, 2019 - EightSix Staff
On November 28th, the Vancouver City Council approved new bylaws for reducing waste from disposable bags, packaging, and utensils in Vancouver.
The following laws are slated to go into effect by 2021:
- Foam cups and takeout containers to be banned by January 1st 2020
- All single-use utensils to only be given out upon the customer's request by April 22nd 2020
- Plastic and compostable plastic shopping bags to be banned and replaced by paper and reusable bags by January 1st 2021. A fee will also be levied on disposable cups to encourage customers to bring their own cups.
"We've heard loud and clear that reducing waste from single-use items is important to residents and that bold action is needed," Mayor Stewart commented.
These new bylaws are being cited as a step toward the city's zero-waste goal by 2040.
Read full story: Goodbye Plastic: Sweeping anti-waste regulations coming to Vancouver restaurants and stores - Published Nov 28, 2019 on City of Vancouver
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