Developing a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy


Purpose of the strategy

The District is collecting input on a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy that, when complete, will describe how the District can help residents and businesses reduce the use of single-use items in West Vancouver.

Staff are responding 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

We are starting 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.

We will be gathering 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

The community will be consulted at a later phase. This first phase is focused on the experience of local businesses.


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 for this engagement.


Thank you to all the businesses that completed the survey!

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

The survey deadline was Friday, February 7 at 4 p.m.

Businesses will have another opportunity to provide their feedback in a later phase.



Purpose of the strategy

The District is collecting input on a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy that, when complete, will describe how the District can help residents and businesses reduce the use of single-use items in West Vancouver.

Staff are responding 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

We are starting 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.

We will be gathering 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

The community will be consulted at a later phase. This first phase is focused on the experience of local businesses.


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 for this engagement.


Thank you to all the businesses that completed the survey!

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

The survey deadline was Friday, February 7 at 4 p.m.

Businesses will have another opportunity to provide their feedback in a later phase.