A single-use or takeaway item is any product designed for a single use after which it is disposed of in the garbage, Blue Bin (recycling) or Green Bin (organics). Typically, these products are not designed for durability or reuse. Examples include coffee cups and takeout containers.
In June 2021, Toronto City Council approved the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy – Stage 1 report to help reduce single-use and takeaway items in Toronto.
A Voluntary Measures Program (VMP) will be the first stage of the Reduction Strategy. The VMP will encourage businesses to voluntarily implement actions to reduce single-use and takeaway items.
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The Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy – Stage 1 staff report was approved by Toronto City Council in June 2021.
A Voluntary Measures Program (VMP) will be the first stage of the Reduction Strategy. The VMP will encourage businesses to voluntarily implement actions to reduce single-use and takeaway items. This includes:
The City is taking into consideration the social, financial, and health-related impacts of the reduction measures on Toronto residents and businesses as a result of COVID-19.
The Voluntary Measures Program is intended to avoid placing additional financial pressures on residents and business through fees, bans or bylaws.
In December 2020, the City provided input on the Federal Discussion Paper: A proposed integrated management approach to plastic products to prevent waste and pollution.
The Voluntary Measures Program also allows time for the City to better understand the Federal Government’s plan to ban or restrict a list of six single-use plastic items by the end of 2021.
Reducing single-use and takeaway items supports recommendations established in the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy (Waste Strategy), which was adopted by City Council in July 2016.
The Waste Strategy places priority on reducing waste and minimizing the amount sent to landfill and directs the City to explore where greater waste reduction can be achieved through:
In July 2018, City Council directed staff in Solid Waste Management Services to:
Phase 1 public and stakeholder consultations were held in the fall of 2018.
More than 20,000 people participated in Phase 1 consultation through the following:
As summarized in the Executive Summary Public Consultation Report on Phase 1 Consultation, the majority of participants expressed support for:
Results of Phase 1 consultations are available in the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Public Consultation Report.
A summary and the results of the Phase 1 consultations are outlined in a report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on May 23, 2019.
The responses to the quantitative questions in the online survey are available through the City of Toronto Open Data Portal.
Phase 2 public and stakeholder consultations were held in the fall of 2019.
More than 41,000 people participated in Phase 2 consultation stakeholder and public consultation activities including:
Results of the Phase 2 consultations are summarized the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy Phase 2 Public Consultation Report.
In Phase 2, results from the independent polling found that:
Results from the online survey indicate that:
Solid Waste Management Services collects personal information under the legal authority of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, SO 2006, Chapter 11, Schedule A, s 136(b) and (c) and the City of Toronto By-law No 1321-2018. All information collected is in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The information collected to connect participants to the Telephone Town Hall in Phase Two of the Single-Use and Takeaway Items consultations was used to call participants with the telephone number provided and send a link to the presentation by email.
Questions about this collection can be directed to the Manager, Public Consultation, Metro Hall, 19th Floor, 55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6 or by telephone at 416-392-2990.