Calls mounting for PoCo to ban plastic straws

Cat and Fiddle Pub stopped using plastic straws, Styrofoam containers earlier this year

A Port Coquitlam sports bar and restaurant is following the lead of Lower Mainland eateries by going green.

The Cat and Fiddle Pub recently banned the use of single-use plastic straws and Styrofoam containers to respond to the growing call to reduce plastics.

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“A lot of other places have done it,” Cat co-owner Randy Doncaster told The Tri-City News. “We’ve seen the reality of what a waste it can be.”

Yesterday (Wednesday), PoCo’s sustainability and environment committee heard from a delegation asking for a city-wide plastics ban similar to what will happen in Vancouver, come June 1, 2019.

That city council voted to prohibit single-use straws, polystyrene foam cups and containers as part of its zero-waste strategic plan.

(Victoria will also ban single-use plastic check-out bags as of July 1, 2019, after a court last month dismissed a challenge by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association on the new city policy.)

PoCo resident Nancy McCurrach, who is running for a city council seat this fall, told the PoCo committee to focus on straws and Styrofoam containers. “We hope Port Coquitlam will be a leader like it was with the Living Wage,” she said.

Committee chairperson Coun. Laura Dupont and Coun. Brad West have also heard from Riverside secondary students, requesting a city-wide ban on plastic products.


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