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Businesses, industry invited to provide input on Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

September 12 2017

“Vancouver has an ambitious goal to be the Greenest City in the world by 2020, and we’re looking for a made-in-Vancouver solution that reduces disposable cups, plastic and paper shopping bags, and foam containers disposed in our garbage.”

Bins of used single coffee cups

The City of Vancouver is inviting businesses, industry representatives, social service agencies, advocacy groups, local governments and other government agencies to provide feedback on a consultation paper that will inform the development of a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy. 

“Vancouver has an ambitious goal to be the Greenest City in the world by 2020, and we’re looking for a made-in-Vancouver solution that reduces disposable cups, plastic and paper shopping bags, and foam containers disposed in our garbage,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The City wants to hear feedback first and foremost from businesses and other stakeholders on how we can pursue a balanced approach that works for everyone. I encourage anyone with an interest in reducing Vancouver’s single-use item waste to submit their feedback on the City’s consultation paper, or attend an event this fall to have your say.”

Why a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

The consultation paper is intended to spark conversation on how the City of Vancouver and stakeholders can work together to develop a made-in-Vancouver solution — one that dramatically reduces single-use items, supports convenient, affordable and accessible alternatives, and could be adopted by other communities as we all work towards zero waste.

Items to be included in the single-use item strategy include: 

  • Disposable beverage cups
  • Plastic and paper shopping bags
  • Take-out containers

On June 27, 2017, City staff shared potential single-use item strategies and opened the door for feedback in a report to Council.

The City is encouraging everyone with an interest or role to play in reducing single-use items in Vancouver to take the time to review the consultation paper and provide their input. 

How to submit feedback 

Comments and written feedback on the consultation paper will be accepted until December 15, 2017. 

View the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy consultation paper.

You can submit feedback using any of the following options: 

City of Vancouver – Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy Consultation
453 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4

Additional consultation opportunities 

The City is hosting a series of roundtable discussions in the fall with interested industry representatives to review the information contained in the consultation paper.

Businesses and industry representatives who are interested in participating in a meeting are asked to register at vancouver.ca/zerowaste or email the City at singleuse.consultationpaper@vancouver.ca  

The City is engaging the public through the City’s citizen advisory committees, schools, Pop-Up City Hall, community events, and a Talk Vancouver survey. 

City staff will present a draft Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy to Council in 2018.