Take the Single Use Waste Survey
In April 2019, Council asked staff to explore whether the City of Vancouver should ban plastic bags and charge fees on paper and reusable bags, similar to the City of Victoria.
You, along with all Vancouver residents, non-profit organizations, businesses and institutions are now being invited to share your perspective through an online survey on whether the City should ban plastic bags and charge fees on paper and reusable bags.
Your Turn: Take the Online Survey
Input received through the survey will inform a plastic and paper shopping bag by-law that staff will present to Council in November 2019.
A Snapshot of Plastic and Paper Shopping Bag Waste
- Around 2 million plastic shopping bags are disposed in the garbage in Vancouver each week (approximately 63% are reused as garbage bags)
- Plastic bags make up 3% of shoreline litter and 2% of large litter items in Vancouver streets, parks, and public spaces.
- Paper bags make up 1% of large street litter items.
- Plastic bags harm marine life and are made using non-renewable fossil fuels.
- It can take anywhere from 10 to 10,000 years for a plastic shopping bag to decompose, and even then it only breaks down into small plastic pieces, causing microplastic pollution.
- Paper bags actually cause more harmful greenhouse gas emissions over their lifetime than plastic bags because of manufacturing processes and they require more fuel because they are heavier to transport.
Remaining by-laws to be announced in November 2019
Staff will report back to Council with recommended by-law requirements, enforcement, phasing, and education plans, by November 30, 2019, for plastic straws, plastic and paper shopping bags, disposable cups, and single-use utensils following the completion of consultation with stakeholders.
For more information on the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy, visit vancouver.ca/reduce-single-use.
Thank you for your interest in creating a made-in-Vancouver approach to reduce single-use items. To share your feedback with the project team, please email ReduceSingleUse@vancouver.ca