Canada Vancouver city council bans plastic straws and white foam containers

15:07  17 may  2018
15:07  17 may  2018 Source:   vancouversun.com

Vancouver To Ban Straws, Foam Cups And Containers In 2019

  Vancouver To Ban Straws, Foam Cups And Containers In 2019 Vancouver became the first major Canadian city to ban plastic straws this week, in a move towards banning all solid waste by 2040. According to a statement, the motion passed by city council also bans the distribution of foam cups and takeout containers, and will come into effect on June 1, 2019.

• Plastic and paper shopping bags • Disposable hot and cold drink cups • Take-out food containers • Disposable straws and utensils. Seventy-three per cent (73%) of Vancouver residents agree with banning foam cups and containers .

The City Council voted Monday to ban all plastic cutlery and straws because of concerns over keeping its famous beaches clean and protecting the environment. The move builds on earlier bans of plastic bags and foam containers and is part of a strategy to eliminate all

Plastic straws and white foam containers will soon be a thing of the past in Vancouver.

Council voted on Wednesday to ban plastic straws and foam cups and takeout containers effective June 1, 2019 — six months earlier than initially proposed — making it the first municipality in Canada to ban the single-use disposable items.

“It’s a big boost towards Zero Waste 2040,” Mayor Gregor Robertson told council. “This is a really important step forward to demonstrate how serious we are in phasing out plastics and making sure we are working aggressively towards zero waste.”

Council also voted to provide more funding for outreach and education to support businesses and organization affected by the ban.

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Green Vancouver . Greenest City Action Plan. Renewable City Strategy: our future to 2050. Plastic and paper shopping bags. Polystyrene foam and other take-out containers . Shopping bags. Take-out food containers . Plastic straws and utensils.

Plastic and paper shopping bags. Polystyrene foam and other take-out containers . Vancouver city council will consider reduction proposals in May. One comment on “ Banning single-use plastic straws , cups, containers ”.

It did not impose a ban on plastic bags or disposable coffee cups, opting instead to work with businesses to reduce their use, whether by charging customers a fee, providing incentives not to use them, or ditching the items altogether.

If businesses do not hit target reduction rates by 2021, the city can implement stronger measures such as a full ban. The target rates have not yet been finalized.

Some speakers warned council the ban might have unintended consequences for people reliant on plastic bags and straws, including those with disabilities and low-income people.

A speaker from the Potluck Cafe Society, which provides healthy meals for people in the Downtown Eastside, expressed concern over the effect the new measures would have on their operating costs.

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The City of Vancouver is looking to reduce the number of coffee cups, plastic bags, and take-out containers cluttering up the city 's garbage dumps — and bans aren't out of the question. Plastic foam containers are widely used for takeout meals across Vancouver .

Vancouver is the latest city in Canada to stir up opposition to plastic drinking straws , but it's not calling for an outright ban . It would ban polystyrene foam cups and takeout containers , and require single-use cups and containers to be recyclable or compostable.

Joe Hruska, of the Canadian Plastic Industry Association, told council before the vote that the ban will increase landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions. He called on council to defer the ban and consult with industry to find other solutions.

Some councillors raised concerns that the ban might affect businesses’ and consumers’ bottom lines and worsen affordability.

Robertson said the city is already spending $2.5 million a year to collect single-use waste items from public trash bins and litter in public spaces.

“I think zero waste is directly tied to more affordability,” he said. “It’s a dangerous thing to conflate taking action to be clean and green to creating more costs.”

Representatives of bubble tea shops asked council to delay the plastic straw ban because no viable alternatives for bubble tea straws are currently available on the market.

“Our industry depends on straws,” said Katie Fung, a manager at Pearl Fever Tea House. “This ban will be detrimental to many businesses in our city.”

Every week, 2.6 million disposable coffee cups are thrown into street garbage bins in Vancouver while 58 million straws are thrown out every day in Canada.

Victoria has implemented a plastic bag ban starting July 1, but that is being challenged in court by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association.

In North Vancouver, Deep Cove merchants have banded together to stop using plastic straws. Organizers of the movement plan to provide paper straws to help ease the transition for some businesses.

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