Municipal bylaws for single-use plastics

British Columbians are taking action to reduce plastic pollution and its impact within their communities and the larger environment.

Find out how B.C. municipalities can support these efforts as part of the province’s transition to a circular economy.

Phasing out single-use plastics:

  • Prevents waste
  • Decreases litter in communities
  • Reduces the environmental impact caused by plastic waste
  • Encourages greater use of sustainable and reusable alternatives

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Bylaws and regulations

The single-use plastics bylaws are created under Part 3 of the Spheres of Concurrent Jurisdiction: Environment and Wildlife Regulation.

This regulation:

  • Provides authority for municipalities to regulate specific single-use plastics
  • Encourages a consistent approach to make it easier for citizens and businesses operating in different municipalities to comply
  • Supports the transition to a more circular economy for plastics in B.C.

Local government guide

Review the Local Government Guide to Plastic Bylaws (PDF, 627KB) to understand the regulation.

To find out more about how the Province and local governments work together to create bylaws, visit Local Government and Provincial Concurrent Authority.


Single-use plastics being phased out

Municipalities can choose if they want to regulate all or some of these items:

  • Plastic checkout bags
  • Drinking straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware
  • Plastic utensils including stir sticks

These single-use items have been included based on:

  • Feedback from provincial engagement with Indigenous communities, local governments, businesses and citizens
  • Action taken by B.C. municipalities
  • Environmental impact

Participating municipalities

The following municipalities have adopted a single-use plastics bylaw. Visit the municipality’s website for more information.

Municipalities with bylaws for single-use plastics

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware
  • Single-use plastic utensils

Implementation date: April 1, 2022

Website: City of Chilliwack

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware

Implementation date: June 6, 2022

Website: City of Delta

Items:

  • Plastic bags

Implementation date: July 1, 2021

Website: City of Nanaimo

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware
  • Plastic utensils - stir sticks only

Implementation date: April 22, 2022

Website: City of Port Moody

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware

Implementation date: July 1, 2022

Website: City of Revelstoke

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware

Implementation date: March 27, 2022

Website: City of Richmond

Items:

  • Plastic bags

Implementation date: March 8, 2021

Website: City of Rossland

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware

Implementation date: October 19, 2021

Website: City of Surrey

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware
  • Single-use plastic utensils
  • Cups

Implementation date: January 1, 2020

  • Provisions regarding straws and single-use utensils came into effect on April 22, 2020
  • Provisions regarding plastic bags and cups came into effect on January 1, 2022

Website: City of Vancouver

  • The City of Vancouver is acting under the Vancouver Charter

Items:

  • Plastic bags

Implementation date: April 15, 2021

Website: City of Victoria

District of Oak Bay

Items:

  • Plastic bags

Implementation date: November 24, 2022

Website: District of Oak Bay

Items:

  • Plastic bags

Implementation date: August 20, 2021

Website: District of Saanich

Items:

  • Plastic Bags

Implementation date: July 1, 2022

Website: City of Salmon Arm

Items:

  • Plastic bags

Implementation date: May 22, 2022

Website: District of Sooke

  • Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware
  • Straws
  • Single-use plastic utensils

Implementation date: August 15, 2022

Website: District of Squamish

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware
  • Single-use plastic utensils

Implementation date: June 8, 2019

  • Provisions regarding polystyrene came into effect on April 13, 2021
  • Provisions regarding single-use utensils came into effect on February 22, 2022

Website: District of Tofino

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware
  • Single-use plastic utensils

Implementation date: October 13, 2020

  • Provisions regarding polystyrene came into effect on April 14, 2021
  • Provisions regarding single-use utensils came into effect on March 15, 2022

Website: District of Ucluelet

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware
  • Single-use plastic utensils

Implementation date: January 1, 2023

Website: Town of Sidney

  • Single Use Plastics Bylaw No. 2231

Items:

  • Plastic Bags

Implementation date: April 22, 2022

Website: Town of View Royal

Items:

  • Plastic bags

Implementation date: August 16, 2021

Website: Township of Esquimalt

Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Polystyrene foam serviceware
  • Single-use plastic utensils

Implementation date: January 1, 2023

Website: Harrison Hot Springs