All single-use disposal items in Vancouver must be made of compostable bio-plastic or paper.
It’s ironic, and unacceptable, that most items designed to be disposed after a single use, are made of plastic which takes thousands of years to decay (if at all). Many items made of plastic today could be produced using the new compostable bioplastics. This would include: packaging (produce bags, Styrofoam, etc), food containers (coffee/drink cups, baked good and takeout containers, etc), medical equipment (syringes, latex gloves etc), personal care items (razors, qtips etc). This should extend into the industrial sector too. This idea might not be feasible in 100% of the instances, but it would go a long way to reducing landfill waste, and the toxic plastic that ends up in our oceans. Force change by legislating that if manufacturers still use plastic their product cannot be sold in Vancouver.
Many plastic packages have taken the place of previous paperboard or tinfoil packaging. In many cases the previous methods were more environmentally inclined. ie. take-out/delivery food, egg cartons, cake boxes.
Use Bio-plastic, only when no better environmental alternative is available.
If Vancouver joined forces with other green-initiatives cities (like San Fran and New York), and formed a lobbying coalition, we'd have more clout in forcing manufacturers to migrate to bioplastic. Most drygoods could be, and should be packaged in bioplastic.