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Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

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Regulation implementation timelines

The regulation supports B.C.’s efforts to prevent single-use and plastic waste, divert more waste from landfills and keep consumer products working longer.

Dec. 20, 2023


  • plastic utensils, including spoons, forks, knifes, chopsticks, stir sticks and drink splash plugs
  • pre-packed bundled food service accessories

By customer request only or from a self-service station:

  • wooden utensils
  • cup lids and sleeves
  • straws
  • condiments
  • napkins
  • wet wipes
  • garnishes (e.g., plastic sushi grass, umbrellas for drinks

July 15, 2024


  • plastic shopping bags, with a minimum fee on new reusable and paper bags.
  • food-service ware* made of biodegradable plastic, polystyrene foam (i.e., Styrofoam), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) materials
  • film wrap made from biodegradable plastic or PVDC
  • all oxo-degradable plastics

For limited use (i.e., not prepared food for takeout, delivery or immediate consumption):

  • food-service ware and film wrap made from compostable plastic  

* Food-service ware is bowls, boxes or cartons, cups, containers, plates, platters and trays.

July 1, 2028


  • PVC film wrap

July 1, 2030


  • polystyrene foam trays