Developing a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

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2021 update

Prior to the onset of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the District had begun work developing a local Single-use Item Reduction Strategy. Recognizing that COVID-19 response has created new and unexpected challenges for everyone, the District made the decision to postpone the development of this strategy temporarily.

Thank you to all the businesses that participated in the first round of consultation. There will be other opportunities to provide feedback before the District moves forward with any next steps.

For more information about single-use items, please visit westvancouver.ca/single-use.


Background

The District started collecting input on a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy in response to Council’s Strategic Objective to reduce community and corporate waste by developing local policy or regulations to encourage the reduction of single-use items.

Report to Council presented on September 9, 2019


Phase 1: gathering information from businesses (fall 2019)

We started the conversation with local businesses and business associations to hear their input and ideas, and hear concerns and aspirations on the topic of single-use items.

The District does not provide waste collection service for commercial properties and therefore has limited access to information about how businesses currently manage their waste/recycling.

Through the first phase of consultation, we were able to gather information from businesses to learn:

  • if businesses are using single-use items and which items they are using
  • the current challenges and opportunities businesses experience when using single-use items
  • the ideas businesses have already initiated for reducing waste and single-use items

Thank you to all of the business owners and operators that completed the survey.

Depending on what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic, the District will assess the timing for resuming this consultation.


Definition of single-use items

Single-use items are designed to be used once for a short period of time and then discarded.

Single-use items include:

  • takeout containers, including polystyrene foam containers;
  • plastic and paper shopping bags;
  • coffee and drink cups, including polystyrene foam cups; and
  • drink cup lids

Other single-use items include:

  • plastic straws;
  • stir sticks; and
  • single-use cutlery or chopsticks

Although there are many other types of single-use items, from balloons and cigarette butts to disposable pedicure flip-flops, the above items are the focus of our engagement.


2021 update

Prior to the onset of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the District had begun work developing a local Single-use Item Reduction Strategy. Recognizing that COVID-19 response has created new and unexpected challenges for everyone, the District made the decision to postpone the development of this strategy temporarily.

Thank you to all the businesses that participated in the first round of consultation. There will be other opportunities to provide feedback before the District moves forward with any next steps.

For more information about single-use items, please visit westvancouver.ca/single-use.


Background

The District started collecting input on a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy in response to Council’s Strategic Objective to reduce community and corporate waste by developing local policy or regulations to encourage the reduction of single-use items.

Report to Council presented on September 9, 2019


Phase 1: gathering information from businesses (fall 2019)

We started the conversation with local businesses and business associations to hear their input and ideas, and hear concerns and aspirations on the topic of single-use items.

The District does not provide waste collection service for commercial properties and therefore has limited access to information about how businesses currently manage their waste/recycling.

Through the first phase of consultation, we were able to gather information from businesses to learn:

  • if businesses are using single-use items and which items they are using
  • the current challenges and opportunities businesses experience when using single-use items
  • the ideas businesses have already initiated for reducing waste and single-use items

Thank you to all of the business owners and operators that completed the survey.

Depending on what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic, the District will assess the timing for resuming this consultation.


Definition of single-use items

Single-use items are designed to be used once for a short period of time and then discarded.

Single-use items include:

  • takeout containers, including polystyrene foam containers;
  • plastic and paper shopping bags;
  • coffee and drink cups, including polystyrene foam cups; and
  • drink cup lids

Other single-use items include:

  • plastic straws;
  • stir sticks; and
  • single-use cutlery or chopsticks

Although there are many other types of single-use items, from balloons and cigarette butts to disposable pedicure flip-flops, the above items are the focus of our engagement.