As of April 1, Granville Island Public Market is restricting plastic single-use shopping bags. In a press release, management said it’s been working with staff, tenants, waste haulers and customers to reduce waste, diverting 60 per cent of its waste from landfill sites.
“Coffee cups, polystyrene food containers and PSU bags are the most common items that end up in the mixed waste (trash) stream. These actions have made a huge difference reducing the amount of mixed waste on Granville Island,” the market’s management wrote.
However, when it comes to eliminating these pesky catchalls, city-wide progress has been limited — even though Vancouver is vying to be the world’s greenest city by 2020.