Bylaw 10000 Implementation Support
With the first three readings of the Single-Use Plastic and Other Items Bylaw No.10000 now complete, the City will work with businesses to advise them about the proposed bylaw and invite their participation in workshops to discuss options on how to transition to better alternatives such as paper compostable materials and re-usable products. The City will also ask businesses to identify what type of customer communication would assist them, and what information should be included in a business toolkit to support successful implementation of the ban. In addition, Richmond residents will be given an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback on the bylaw.
The proposed bylaw has been sent to the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for approval. There is no indication at this time when that approval will be granted.
1. Proposed Bylaw Awareness
As part of community outreach, the City will be providing opportunity for businesses and residents to ask questions and share comments on the proposed Bylaw 10000 via online surveys and will be inviting business operators to participate in more in-depth discussions about the proposed bylaw and related implementation requirements through workshops hosted at City Hall.
2. Research and feedback on alternative products
City staff have conducted research on a number of acceptable alternatives to replace the banned items. The City will provide business with a list of proposed alternatives, what types of materials are accepted – and those that are not, and options for vendors who supply these items. As part of the awareness period, the City is reaching out to businesses to review the alternatives being proposed and collect feedback on other options.
3. Research and feedback on communication support
If the proposed Bylaw is approved and adopted, the City will be implementing an extensive communication campaign to help raise awareness in the community about the new bans. In addition, the City will develop and provide both a toolkit for local businesses to help guide selection of acceptable alternatives, as well as point-of-sale materials that businesses can use to inform their customers about the City’s ban. As part of the engagement campaign, the City will be reaching out to businesses to review the communication being proposed and collect feedback on other options.
4. Coordination and cooperation with other levels of government
It is evident that bans of this nature are more effective when applied consistently. The City of Richmond will be petitioning the provincial government to encourage legislation and policy that will be consistent with the City’s bylaw. Staff will also follow and respond to updates on the federal government’s announcement to ban single-use items in future.
News Release: Richmond Takes Lead to Ban Single-Use Plastics
Proposed Single-Use Plastic and Other Items Bylaw No. 10000