For the latest COVID-19 information for food businesses including recommended procedures for the safe use of reusable items please follow this link to the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Single-use plastics include items such as shopping bags, straws, utensils, take out containers and cups and more.
The increasing presence of plastic in the environment and landfills shows that there is an urgent need to ReTHINK plastic consumption. Since the 1950’s billions of tonnes of plastic waste have been generated around the world, much of this from disposable products that end up in landfills or polluting our land and water.
Small Steps Add Up!
Single-use plastic items really add up if they are used by a lot of people every day. Today is a key time to start to ReTHINK single-use and consider alternatives such as reduce and reuse. Consider this:
The RDNO encourages residents to ReTHINK single-use to avoid waste and plastic pollution. The choices we all make every day can really add up to make a difference but we also understand the magnitude of this issue. In 2019, the RDNO board of directors sent a letter to the BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Policy requesting enforcement of a uniform provincial ban on single-use plastics.
Federal and provincial governments have requested feedback in developing policy that addresses plastic waste and pollution and the RDNO took the opportunity to participate in these processes. These policy initiatives and related RDNO staff feedback can be accessed at these links:
- Clean BC Plastics Action Plan
- Government of Canada – A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Plastic Waste and Pollution