Ban single-use plastic bags

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, Council has approved a revised start date of January 1, 2022 for the shopping bag and disposable cup by-laws. 


Plastic waste is accumulating in our rivers, lands, and oceans at an alarming rate. Due to its durable nature, plastic can persist in the environment for centuries and is resulting in severe environmental consequences.

According to the UN, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Even more troubling, more than 99% of plastics are produced from chemicals derived from oil, natural gas, and coal — all of which are dirty, non-renewable resources.

Greens are committed to dealing with our plastic problem, but we need your support.


Vancouver's upcoming ban on plastic drinking straws, foam cups, and foam take-out containers, while a step in the right direction, does not go far enough. We can do so much more about the plastic polluting our land and waters.

It's time we implement bold zero waste initiatives including expanding the ban on single-use disposable items to include banning plastic bags.

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