Vancouver has become the first major Canadian city to adopt a ban on a range of single-use
Starting June 1, 2019, the distribution of plastic drinking
straws and polystyrene foam cups and take-out containers will be prohibited.
In less than two months, one of the toughest bans on single-use
plastics in the Pacific will take effect.
Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai announced the initiative last year to ban plastic bags, drinking straws and polystyrene foam containers in order to protect the environment and oceans and to keep the country "clean and safe."