District of North Vancouver to look into regulation for single-use plastics

May 7 2019, 4:24 pm

The District of North Vancouver (DNV) will be looking into a regulation policy for single-use plastic items.

During the last council meeting, which took place on Monday, May 6, Councillor Megan Curren introduced a recommendation to regulate single-use items at the municipal level.

“To date there has been no definitive policy to reduce or regulate single-use items on a regional, provincial, or federal level,” writes Curren. “Policy delays are compounding the single-use crisis.”

“While the District of North Vancouver can and should continue to advocate for single-use
regulatory policy at the regional, provincial and federal level, we can take immediate action by regulating the distribution of single-use.”

The report also notes a handful of recent moves made by other cities. Montreal, Victoria, Salmon Arm, and Squamish all voted to ban plastic shopping bags in 2018.

The City of Vancouver also voted last year to ban plastic straws and styrofoam containers, although the city recently delayed action until early 2020.

Councillors were in heavy agreement with the proposal and the DNV Council unanimously passed Curren’s recommendation.

City staff will now have 90 days to look into the costs needed to create and enforce a policy and potential timeframe.

A consultation process will also take place with community members, businesses, and stakeholders.

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