Banning Single-Use Items in Prince George

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Many organizations have a strong interest in this sort of topic, and any of them might provide reports or statistics. Try to think of the stakeholders in such a decision, then go directly to their sites rather than spending your time searching randomly.

  • Which government agencies (at all levels - municipal, provincial, federal, and beyond) might care about such a ban? Which ones have already taken similar actions?
  • Which advocacy organizations might care? Environmental activists? Retail industry associations?
  • Are there any companies or public organizations that have implemented similar bans? Do they provide their justification and results at their sites?

I'll provide some examples of such organizations below, but note that these are just some random examples that I've come across in my initial, exploratory searching. Search widely!

I'll also discuss other resources -- news, e-books, and articles -- that may help you spot other examples of relevant organizations, and that might help you understand the issues and perspectives surrounding this complex topic.

NOTE: The regulatory and public opinion aspects of this topic have changed rapidly in the last few years. Be sure to seek out the newest information, but also don't discount older information that may still be relevant!


(Some of the links in this section go straight to government sites; others go to news articles about specific government initiatives that you could research further. Also, many of the proposed/draft policies discussed have since gone on to be enacted. Dig deeper on each government site to learn more!)

  • Prince George:
  • Vancouver: As you've likely heard, the latest phase in Vancouver's single-use item ban came into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. I'm sure you'll read all about any implementation issues and consumer/business reactions in the news. (See my News section below for databases to help you find such articles.) Are you also interested in the consultation and deliberation that went into that decision? If so, check out...
  • England - charging for plastic bags to reduce usage
  • Malibu, California - in the midst of implementing a ban on plastic straws, stirrers and utensils in restaurants
  • Seattle - ban and charges started in 2017
  • Kenya - banning plastic bags
  • Taiwan - staged banning of many plastic products over the next several years
  • France - banning plastic cups and plates
  • Also see our Green City guide, created to support research on a broader BUS 360W topic assigned a few years ago.

Specific Companies

  • BBC - banning all single-use plastics

Advocacy Organizations

  • The Last Straw - advocacy organization focused specifically on plastic straws: a great place to read about initiatives that you can then research further
  • Stop Plastics - a Canadian advocacy organization that provides a detailed list of jurisdictions with varying types of bans in place (most of which you could google for more details!)


This is definitely a hot and contentious topic... perfect for news articles. Remember to look for any mentions of specific organizations, experts, or studies in such articles, then follow those clues to original (and usually more comprehensive) sources.

  • And another recent article... this one is about recent developments in Burnaby. Perhaps their desire to avoid a "patchwork" of responses applies to PG as well?
  • Focus on local news in PG:

Databases for news:

  • Factiva for news articles from around the world, including articles from many business publications such as the Wall Street Journal

Databases for business and environment magazine (and journal) articles:


1. Ebooks

Found via the SFU Library Catalogue:

  • Plastic legacies : pollution, persistence, and politics - 2021 title: "Moving beyond policy changes, this volume offers a critique of neoliberal approaches to tackling the plastics crisis and explores how politics and communicative action are key to implementing social, cultural, and economic change."

2. Public opinion polling firms:

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