Single-Use Item Reduction

Background

Single-use item reduction is a priority across the region and many local governments are taking action to reduce these items. Several factors are driving action:

  • Costs taxpayers millions annually to collect from public spaces
  • Prevalent in marine litter
  • Not commonly recycled or reused

Metro Vancouver wrote the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in support of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ resolution requesting a provincial single-use strategy (link provided in Resources below).

Single-Use Item Toolkit

Metro Vancouver is developing a Single-Use Item Toolkit to provide its local government members with single-use item reduction resources and best practices to support them in their initiatives. The toolkit will be published later in 2019 and will be publicly available on our website. The toolkit will also serve to promote regional harmonization and align regional single-use item management with the 5Rs of Waste Management (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, manage Residuals). Municipalities will conduct their individual analysis, engagement, and enforcement strategies.

Priority single-use items to target for reduction include bags, cups, containers, straws, and utensils.

Metro Vancouver is engaging with other levels of government, member jurisdictions, businesses and organizations with an interest in single-use items to discuss regional goals and develop the toolkit. The engagement program may focus on key considerations when implementing policies to reduce priority single-use items. Policies under consideration for inclusion in the toolkit include:

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