City of Vancouver Becomes First City To Ban Plastic Bags And Straws

Vancouver has voted to ban the use of plastic straws and bags starting in April 2020, making it the first major Canadian city to enact such a ban.

The move, aimed at cutting the use of plastic bags and certain other single-use plastic products, is part of a trend in many countries aimed at reducing plastic pollution. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last summer plans to ban by early 2021 some single-use plastics such as straws, bags and cutlery.

The Montreal enacted a ban on certain types of plastic bags in 2018. Vancouver said plastic bags and straws each make up 3% of shoreline litter on its beaches each year. Almost 90% of plastic products in Canada end up in landfills or the environment, according to a government-commissioned study.

In Vancouver, plastic straws will be banned as of April 22, 2020, while plastic bags, including those made of biodegradable material, will be banned on January 1, 2021.