Single-Use Item Reduction Bylaw

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The City of Chilliwack is taking action to reduce single-use items in our community. Single-use items have become increasingly common in our day-to-day lives and result in an overwhelming amount of litter, environmental harm, and waste to landfill. Consultation undertaken in December 2019 and January 2020 found a high level of support for taking action to reduce single-use items in Chilliwack and informed the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy approved by Council in December 2020.

As part of the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy, the City’s comprehensive Single-Use Item Reduction Bylaw will target the items below, with an intended start date of January 1, 2022. Please take our survey to share your feedback by April 16.

Item

Reduction Measures in Bylaw

Shopping Bags

Plastic

Ban

Paper

Minimum fee ($0.10 in 2022, increasing to $0.25 in 2023)

Beverage Cups

Plastic

Minimum fee ($0.10 in 2022, increasing to $0.25 in 2023)

Paper

Minimum fee ($0.10 in 2022, increasing to $0.25 in 2023)

Foam

Ban

Take-Out Containers

Plastic

Not included in bylaw due to public health restrictions; reduce through education

Paperboard

Not included in bylaw due to public health restrictions; reduce through education

Foam

Ban

Straws

Plastic

Ban; unless requested for accessibility needs

Paper

By request only

Disposable Utensils

Plastic

Ban

Other (e.g. wood)

By request only

The draft Single-Use Item Reduction Bylaw was given three readings by Council and submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for Provincial approval on March 16, 2021. We are now seeking your feedback on the bylaw prior to its adoption, which will occur once Provincial approval has been received.

Please take our survey below by April 16, 2021 to share your input. Written representations to Council may also be sent by email to clerks@chilliwack.com by April 16, 2021.

Bulk Sales of Single-Use Items

City of Chilliwack Council has also indicated their intention of regulating bulk, or packaged single-use items. The Federal Government has announced plans to ban harmful single-use plastics, such as foam food service ware and plastic shopping bags, utensils and straws, as early as the end of 2021 (more information is available under the Background tab below). However, if Federal regulations are not introduced in a timely manner, the City’s bylaw could be amended to ban bulk sales of single-use items as a second phase of this initiative.

Single-Use Items and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Single-Use Item Reduction Bylaw is intended to take effect on January 1, 2022, followed by increases to some fees on January 1, 2023. However, the City will continue monitoring the response measures to the pandemic, including Provincial Health Orders that may restrict or prevent the use of reusable alternatives to single-use items. Should the need arise, the City will amend the timelines in the bylaw closer to the implementation date.

The City of Chilliwack is taking action to reduce single-use items in our community. Single-use items have become increasingly common in our day-to-day lives and result in an overwhelming amount of litter, environmental harm, and waste to landfill. Consultation undertaken in December 2019 and January 2020 found a high level of support for taking action to reduce single-use items in Chilliwack and informed the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy approved by Council in December 2020.

As part of the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy, the City’s comprehensive Single-Use Item Reduction Bylaw will target the items below, with an intended start date of January 1, 2022. Please take our survey to share your feedback by April 16.

Item

Reduction Measures in Bylaw

Shopping Bags

Plastic

Ban

Paper

Minimum fee ($0.10 in 2022, increasing to $0.25 in 2023)

Beverage Cups

Plastic

Minimum fee ($0.10 in 2022, increasing to $0.25 in 2023)

Paper

Minimum fee ($0.10 in 2022, increasing to $0.25 in 2023)

Foam

Ban

Take-Out Containers

Plastic

Not included in bylaw due to public health restrictions; reduce through education

Paperboard

Not included in bylaw due to public health restrictions; reduce through education

Foam

Ban

Straws

Plastic

Ban; unless requested for accessibility needs

Paper

By request only

Disposable Utensils

Plastic

Ban

Other (e.g. wood)

By request only

The draft Single-Use Item Reduction Bylaw was given three readings by Council and submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for Provincial approval on March 16, 2021. We are now seeking your feedback on the bylaw prior to its adoption, which will occur once Provincial approval has been received.

Please take our survey below by April 16, 2021 to share your input. Written representations to Council may also be sent by email to clerks@chilliwack.com by April 16, 2021.

Bulk Sales of Single-Use Items

City of Chilliwack Council has also indicated their intention of regulating bulk, or packaged single-use items. The Federal Government has announced plans to ban harmful single-use plastics, such as foam food service ware and plastic shopping bags, utensils and straws, as early as the end of 2021 (more information is available under the Background tab below). However, if Federal regulations are not introduced in a timely manner, the City’s bylaw could be amended to ban bulk sales of single-use items as a second phase of this initiative.

Single-Use Items and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Single-Use Item Reduction Bylaw is intended to take effect on January 1, 2022, followed by increases to some fees on January 1, 2023. However, the City will continue monitoring the response measures to the pandemic, including Provincial Health Orders that may restrict or prevent the use of reusable alternatives to single-use items. Should the need arise, the City will amend the timelines in the bylaw closer to the implementation date.

  • This survey is for business licence holders in Chilliwack, or their representatives. Please complete this survey by April 16, 2021, to share your feedback on the Single-Use Item Reduction Bylaw.   

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  • This survey is for residents of Chilliwack. Please complete this survey by April 16, 2021, to share your feedback on the Single-Use Item Reduction Bylaw.  

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