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Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

We are developing the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy to explore how we can reduce waste from:

  • Disposable hot and cold drink cups
  • Plastic and paper shopping bags
  • Polystyrene foam and other take-out containers 
  • Disposable straws and utensils

We all have a role to play in helping to shape a made-in-Vancouver solution that reduces waste from single-use items, enables innovation, and drives further zero-waste progress. We can’t get there alone.

Did you know?

Despite their convenience, single-use items:

  • Use a significant amount of resources
  • Are often not reused or recycled
  • Take up valuable space in our landfill
  • Impact our environment long after they're used
  • Cost Vancouver taxpayers about $2.5 million per year to collect from public waste bins and to clean up as litter in our parks, streets, and green spaces

Expand the boxes below for:

  • A waste snapshot about disposable cups, shopping bags, take-out containers, and disposable straws and utensils
  • Initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle each type

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Subscribe to updates, join us at a free reuse and recycle drop-off event, and share your ideas to reduce waste and consumption.

Disposable cups

Shopping bags

Take-out food containers

Plastic straws and utensils


  • Feb 2016

    Council directs staff to report back on regulatory options for single-use items

  • Mar-Sep 2016

    Research to identify regulatory options and other best practices

  • Oct 2016

    Phase 1 consultation

    Single-Use Item Reduction workshop

  • Dec 2016-
    Feb 2017

    Further research and analysis

  • Mar-May 2017

    Develop emerging directions

  • June 2017

    Council update and consultation launch

  • Jun 2017-
    Feb 2018

    Phase 2 consultation

  • March 2018

    Phase 3 consultation launch

    Draft strategy published for feedback

  • April 2018

    Phase 2 consultation report published online

  • We are here
  • May 16, 2018

    Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy scheduled to be presented to Council

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