Single-use item disposal in the region increased from 2020 but was lower overall than pre-pandemic levels, according to Metro Vancouver’s 2021 Solid Waste Composition study. Fewer single-use cups, utensils, straws, and containers ended up in the garbage per person compared to 2018.
However, continuing to reduce our use of single-use items should still remain top of mind: Metro Vancouverites dispose of over one billion single-use items per year. These items are used for a short time, but have a lasting impact on our environment and cost taxpayers millions annually to clean up when littered.
The best way to cut down on single-use items is through your small, daily habits:
- Pack your lunch in a reusable container
- Bring a reusable bag to the grocery store
- Opt out of taking disposable utensils if you don’t need them
- Use a reusable mug for your on-the-go coffee
- Go strawless, or use a reusable straw if possible
Learn more about how your everyday actions to reduce use of single-use items can make you a hero at superhabits.ca. Use the hashtag #WhatsYourSuperhabit on social media to share your own actions, give kudos to a friend who is reducing waste, or thank a business for making it possible to decrease use of single-use items.
Read more about the disposal habits of Metro Vancouverites, including how much personal protective equipment ended up in the landfill, in the 2021 Solid Waste Composition study.