Vancouver is set to ban plastic drinking straws from fall of next year - making history as the first major Canadian city to do so.
The ban - which is part of the city's plan to go waste free by 2040 - will also cover single-use Styrofoam takeout containers and cups.
When the move was finalized on Wednesday, councillors also approved a bylaw which will regulate, and aim to reduce, the use of disposable cups and shopping bags in Vancouver.
Businesses will have to eliminate the disposables entirely, charge customers for them, or arrive at an alternative solution which must be pre-approved by city council.
Those who do not comply with the new guidelines may risk a $250 fine.
There is a growing waste reduction movement in the coastal metropolis, including policies at many of the cities farmers' markets which require all single use materials to be compostable and where customers are encouraged to bring their own bags.
Despite existing efforts, Vancouver residents and businesses continue to produce a large amount of unnecessary waste.
According to the city, an estimated 2.6 million disposable cups are discarded there on a weekly basis - while on a national level, it is estimated that 57 million straws are discarded in Canada each day.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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