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


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.

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.

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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