About the project
British Columbians use and throw out billions of single-use items every year. Single-use items include a range of products that are designed to be thrown out after one use. Many single-use items are difficult or inconvenient to recycle as they are too small or made of plastic that is hard to collect or has little value. Almost all of the 12 most collected items from beach cleanups in B.C. are single-use and plastic items.
The federal government recently shared its plan to ban six types of plastic single-use items. Several municipalities in B.C. are also using bans to eliminate harmful plastic items. A combination of tools and policies is necessary to successfully address the use of and waste from single-use and plastic items in British Columbia.
The proposed provincial waste prevention regulation aims to reduce the impacts of single-use and plastic items, and the amount of single-use and plastic waste found in the environment, by:
- Moving plastics into B.C.’s circular economy:
- Phasing out unnecessary single-use and plastic items;
- Promoting a shift to durable, reusable options;
- Ensuring necessary single-use and plastic items are recycled or composted.
- Providing a consistent provincewide approach to regulating single-use and plastic items.