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


Vancouver has voted to ban the distribution of plastic straws in addition to foam take-out containers and cups as a part of its zero-waste technique.

The ban shall be launched on June 1, 2019. 

The transfer is a part of town’s Zero Waste 2040 technique, which was accepted by councillors in a vote on Wednesday.

Foam take-out containers and cups are additionally a part of the distribution ban. (Shutterstock)

Council additionally accepted a brand new, versatile bylaw to cut back the quantity of disposable cups, in addition to plastic and paper procuring baggage handed out throughout town.

Beneath the bylaw, a assertion stated, companies should select one of many following choices:

  • No distribution of disposable cups or plastic/paper procuring baggage in any respect.
  • Charging an additional payment for disposable cups or plastic/paper procuring baggage.
  • Different options that shall be proposed and finalized via session.

An announcement stated town will herald an outright distribution ban on single-use baggage and cups if the discount plans do not lead to town reaching its goal discount fee by 2021.

A girl drinks a McDonalds refreshment with a straw in Loughborough, Britain April 19, 2018. (Darren Staples/Reuters)

The town stated it plans to make investments in training to assist small companies “as they transition to utilizing extra sustainable packaging supplies.”

An announcement stated 2.6 million plastic-lined paper cups and two million plastic baggage are thrown within the rubbish in Vancouver each week.



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