Vancouverites invited to give input on possible plastic bag ban

Online survey available until July 30

The City of Vancouver wants to know what you think about banning plastic bags in the city.

Residents, non-profit organizations, businesses and institutions are invited to share their perspectives through an online survey on whether Vancouver should ban plastic bags and charge fees on paper and reusable bags, similar to what’s been implemented in Victoria.

article continues below

Vancouver city council approved the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy in June 2018, with the aim of reducing the impact of:

  • Plastic and paper shopping bags
  • Polystyrene foam and paper cups
  • Disposable hot and cold drink cups
  • Take-out food containers
  • Plastic straws
  • Single-use utensils

“As much as possible, the strategy is designed to support convenient, affordable and accessible alternatives, shift societal norms, support lasting behaviour change, and value all members of Vancouver’s diverse communities,” a City of Vancouver information bulletin states. “The strategy strives to meet the needs of everyone, regardless of physical ability.”

In April, city council directed staff to explore how public opinion has changed since the City of Victoria introduced its Checkout Bag Regulation bylaw and report back on adopting a similar ban on plastic bags.

Victoria’s bylaw, which has been in effect since July 2018, bans plastic bags and requires fees on paper and reusable shopping bags.

Vancouver’s online survey is available in English and simplified Chinese, and runs until July 30.

Input received through the survey will inform a plastic and paper shopping bag bylaw that staff will present to council in November.


Read Related Topics


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Vancouver Courier welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Popular Vancouver Courier

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!
Find the Vancouver Courier Newspaper