Vancouver votes to ban plastic straws, foam cups and containers by June 2019

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Vancouver has voted to ban the parcelling of plastic straws as well as foam take-out containers and cups as side of its zero-waste strategy.

The ban will be introduced on June 1, 2019. 

The move is part of the burgh’s Zero Waste 2040 strategy, which was approved by councillors in a franchise on Wednesday.

Vancouver votes to ban plastic straws, foam cups and containers by June 2019

Foam take-out containers and cups are also part of the giving out ban. (Shutterstock)

Council also approved a new, flexible bylaw to reduce the amount of spendable cups, as well as plastic and paper shopping bags handed out across the metropolis.

Under the bylaw, a statement said, businesses must choose one of the concluding options:

  • No distribution of disposable cups or plastic/paper shopping bags at all.
  • Charging an leftover fee for disposable cups or plastic/paper shopping bags.
  • Other conclusions that will be proposed and finalized through consultation.

A statement believed the city will bring in an outright distribution ban on single-use bags and cups if the reduction downs don’t lead to the city reaching its target reduction rate by 2021.

Vancouver votes to ban plastic straws, foam cups and containers by June 2019

A woman the brinies a McDonalds refreshment with a straw in Loughborough, Britain April 19, 2018. (Darren Customaries/Reuters)

The city said it plans to invest in education to support negligible businesses “as they transition to using more sustainable packaging solids.”

A statement said 2.6 million plastic-lined paper cups and two million bogus bags are thrown in the garbage in Vancouver every week. 

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