Council approves new start dates for the foam and straw bans. Staff will continue to work w/ businesses to find affordable, convenient and accessible alternatives. More details here: ow.ly/YIzL50toxSV.
Council confirmed their unwavering commitment to boldly reduce single-use items.
Yesterday, Council confirmed their unwavering commitment to boldly reduce single-use items through a strategy that shifts societal norms, supports lasting behaviour change, and values all members of Vancouver’s diverse communities – regardless of physical ability.
“We’ve approved an extension on the start dates for the ban on the unnecessary use of plastic straws, foam cups, and foam take-out containers so that staff can continue to work with stakeholders, especially small businesses, to find affordable, convenient and accessible alternatives,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “We are committed to working with residents, businesses, non-profits and other levels of government to create lasting change that brings us closer to our goal of becoming a zero waste community by 2040, and in this case, it means providing stakeholders with a bit more time to adjust their business practices.”
Bans to begin in 2020
The ban on foam cups and foam take-out containers will begin January 1, 2020. The ban on the unnecessary use of plastic straws will begin April 2020, with further details on by-law requirements, including phasing as well as exemptions for health care needs and accessibility, presented to Council no later than November 30, 2019.
Ultimately, the strategy intends to reduce waste by banning the unnecessary use of plastic straws, however, over the next few months, staff will continue working with individuals who rely on straws for accessibility and inclusion to properly structure our by-law requirements in a way that will not negatively affect people who rely on plastic straws and aligns with the City’s Accessibility Strategy. For example, the City is currently consulting on a requirement for businesses to provide a bendable plastic straw upon request when needed for accessibility, while otherwise eliminating the use of other straws. — City of Vancouver/@CityofVancouver