Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
Buy the #EatForThePlanet book



Vancouver has become the first major city in Canada to ban plastic straws, polystyrene foam cups, and takeout containers! The Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy, part of the city’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan to eliminate the disposal of solid waste by 2040, will prohibit distribution of the targeted single-use plastics starting June 1, 2019.

The Zero Waste 2040 plan was passed unanimously by the Vancouver City Council. As explained in a statement following the decision, the strategic plan includes “forward-looking policies and actions” that are to help Vancouver successfully achieve its zero waste goal – some of them can be implemented right away, while others will lay the groundwork for progress that requires more time.

“The Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy responds to feedback heard from large and small businesses, residents, and the community as a whole that bold actions are needed to address problematic single-use materials,” the statement says. “There was overwhelming support to ban foam cups and foam fast food containers, to reduce use of plastic and paper bags and disposable cups, and to ban the use of plastic straws with some exceptions for health care needs.”

As The Globe and Mail reports, the ban applies to restaurants and vendors with city business licenses, a fine of $250 is being considered for offenders.

“It’s a coastal city, with the plastic items having a significant impact on the environment, we feel it’s important to take action,” said Albert Shamess, City of Vancouver Director of Waste Management and Resource Recovery.

The priority actions within the strategy include banning some of the top single-use plastics. The remaining actions include reduction plans for disposable cups and plastic and paper shopping bags, ensuring disposable utensils are only given out upon request, and they also plan for “Made-in-Vancouver” single-use item solutions – such as a city mug share program and reusable straws.

“Change like this can be costly and can be inconvenient, but if we keep this bigger picture in mind, especially in terms of the environment, it’s a no-brainer,” said Ian Tostenson, the President of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association.

According to the statement, 2.6 million plastic-lined paper cups and 2 million plastic bags are thrown away every week in Vancouver. Disposable cups and takeout containers make up around 50 percent of all items in public waste bins, while plastic straws and stir sticks make up about 2 percent of shoreline litter in the city. It costs Vancouver taxpayers $2.5 million a year to collect these items. The new ban aims to greatly alleviate those problems.

We all can play a small part in reducing plastic pollution for the benefit of the planet. To find out how you can make a difference by ditching plastic straws, disposable cups, and other single-use items, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

Image source: FOX/Pexels

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

Senior Dog Starved to a Dangerous Degree Is Finally Experiencing Love for the First Time (PHOTOS)

Jamaica to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags, Straws, and Styrofoam!

Tell the Sacramento Zoo to Free Taylor Swift, the Eastern Bongo Who Hates Captivity So Much She Fled Her Enclosure!

Photo of Ocean Cleanup at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Will Give You Hope

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

0 comments on “Vancouver Bans Single-Use Plastics and Announces Plans to Go Zero Waste by 2040!”

Click to add comment

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Follow us on

Do Not Show This Again


Submit to OneGreenPlanet

Terms & Conditions ×