On October 12, 2021, Council adopted a bylaw that bans single-use plastics and foam items. This ban will reduce waste created from single-use items and the associated municipal costs; better steward municipal property, including sewers, streets, park, beaches, and waterways; and promote responsible and sustainable environmental practices that are consistent with community values.  

Background

Single-use plastic and foam items are products and packaging that we throw away or recycle after just one use. These items can end up in our landfills and in our oceans and rivers, where they contaminate our soil and water.

Council directed City staff to invite Port Moody business licence holders to share concerns they may have about eliminating the use of single-use items such as beverage cups, straws, food containers, utensils, and shopping bags. In March and April 2019, the City gathered input from business owner/operators via an online survey. Staff then prepared a draft bylaw and an implementation plan for Council's consideration.

The draft bylaw, if adopted, would impose the following restrictions for businesses starting April 22, 2022:

  • Plastic checkout bags are banned (some exemptions apply)
  • Paper checkout bags and reusable checkout bags can only be provided on request and at a charge of a minimum fee of $0.25 per and $2.00 respectively
  • Foam containers for prepared food are banned
  • Plastic stir sticks are banned
  • Plastic drinking straws are banned, except where required for accessibility needs

In addition, under Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste strategy, member municipalities are seeking support from the provincial government to develop a single-use items reduction strategy. For more information on Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste initiatives and the work of the Metro Vancouver Regional District Zero Waste Committee, please visit metrovancouver.org. For more information on provincial initiatives, please visit Clean BC and for more information on federal initiatives, please refer to the government's discussion paper on achieving zero plastic waste.

Resources

Recycle

This draft bylaw does not impact plastic or foam recycling. Plastic bags and overwrap as well as styrofoam packaging can be dropped off for free at the Coquitlam Recycling and Waste Centre at 1200 United Boulevard.