The City of Vancouver just announced that a bylaw banning single-use plastics will go into effect in 2020, making the city an environmental leader in Canada and abroad. In January, styrofoam products will be phased out, followed by plastic straws in April. Some products will still be available for customers upon request to accommodate those who have specific accessibility needs. Plastic shopping bags and other products will be phased out over the next two years. In an official release, Mayor Kennedy Stewart stated that, “We have heard loud and clear that reducing waste from single-use items is important to residents and that bold action is needed.”
This bylaw is part of the Zero Waste 2040 strategy developed by previous Vancouver city council in 2019. According to a 2019 poll by Research Co., 77% of Vancouverites support the restriction of styrofoam and plastic products.