Canada Vancouver bans plastic bags, straws, foam containers and other single-use items

00:55  29 november  2019
00:55  29 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Vancouver is bringing in bans on the use of plastic bags, disposable cups, plastic straws and other single-use items.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart says bylaws passed by city council balance public demand for action on disposable items with the needs of those with disabilities and the business community.

Under the new rules, plastic and compostable plastic straws will be banned on April 22, but food vendors must provide bendable straws upon request to meet an accessibility requirement.

A one-year extension has been granted to allow plastic straws served with bubble tea, allowing more time for the market to provide alternatives.

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The Single - Use Item Reduction Strategy, approved by Council on June 5, 2018, was the result of extensive Ban on plastic and compostable plastic straws with accessibility requirements. When this happens in recycling bins, the foam and any other materials around it cannot be recycled properly.

Council voted on Wednesday to ban plastic straws and foam cups and takeout containers effective June 1, 2019 — six months earlier than initially proposed — making it the first municipality in Canada to ban the single - use disposable items . “It’s a big boost towards Zero Waste 2040,” Mayor Gregor

Single-use utensils can only be given out when requested.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, plastic and compostable plastic shopping bans will also be prohibited.

"We have heard loud and clear that reducing waste from single-use items is important to residents and that bold action is needed," Stewart said Thursday in a news release.

Retailers can still provide paper bags, but they must contain at least 40 per cent recycled content.

Shoppers will be charged a fee of 15 cents for each paper bag in the first year, then 25 cents a bag after that.

The fees for reusable bags will be $1 in 2021 and $2 beginning the next year.

Disposable cups will also come with a 25-cent fee.

The new rules join a previously approved bylaw that takes effect on Jan. 1 that prohibits foam cups and takeout containers.

The city has posted toolkits to help businesses and charities prepare for the bans.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2019.

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