The City of Vancouver is inviting businesses, industry representatives, social service agencies, advocacy groups, local governments and other government agencies to provide feedback on our consultation paper entitled, “Creating a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy for Disposable Cups, Take-out Containers and Shopping Bags.” 

A copy of the consultation paper is attached to this email. To view the consultation paper online, visit, .

Why A Consultation Paper

The consultation paper is intended to spark a conversation on how the City of Vancouver and stakeholders can work together to develop a made-in-Vancouver solution — one that dramatically reduces single-use items, supports convenient, affordable and accessible alternatives, and could be adopted by other communities as we all work towards zero waste. Feedback on the consultation paper will inform the development of a draft Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy that will be presented to Vancouver City Council in early 2018.


Items included in the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy include:

  • Disposable beverage cups
  • Plastic and paper shopping bags
  • Take-out containers


How to Submit Feedback


Attend a Roundtable meeting: The City is hosting a series of roundtable discussions in the fall with interested industry representatives to review the information contained in the consultation paper. Meeting dates are as follows:

·         October 3, 2017:  7:30 – 9:30 am  (Retail industry)

·         October 4, 2017: 8:00 – 10:00 am  (Food sector)

·         October 11, 2017: 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Food sector)

·         October 17, 2017: 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Environmental organizations and academia)

·         October 23, 2017: 12:30 – 2:30 pm (General interest)

·         November 2, 2017: 7:00 – 9:00 pm (General interest)

·         November 8, 2017: 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Retail industry)


Businesses and industry representatives who are interested in participating in a meeting are asked to register or email the City at 



Comments and written feedback on the consultation paper will be accepted until December 15, 2017.


You can also submit feedback:

City of Vancouver – Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy Consultation

453 West 12th Avenue

Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4