Here’s why you pay 15 cents for paper bags in Vancouver

Blue-collar workers and others who eat at McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants in Vancouver are now seeing a few new charges added to their bills, thanks to the City.

The council passed a by-law in 2020 that was mainly centered on outright banning single-use plastic bags at retail outlets, but it also included new rules around paper bags, cups, straws, etc. The new rules came into effect on January 1. 1, 2022.

One of those rules is that all businesses operating in Vancouver are required to charge 15 cents per paper bag they put their goods in before taking them out (or passing them through a drive-thru window). You can, of course, choose to bring your own bag and not pay a fee.

Another rule is that each single-use cup now comes with a 25-cent fee. Again, most places allow you to bring your own cup to go for coffee, tea, etc.

For the average person who goes to McDonald’s for a quick and cheap breakfast, lunch or dinner, that means an extra 40 cents will be added to their bill.

Unless, of course, a driving customer wants to be handed a quarter pound and fries through their car window, and then somehow finds a suitable place to put those items. inside his vehicle while simultaneously trying to convince the cashier to break their employer rules and refill their takeout cup with Coke.

Where does that extra 40 cents go, you ask? Surely in some kind of fund to help make our city greener?

No. It goes directly to the seller; the new fees are simply intended to discourage people from using single-use items by penalizing them with fees.

So let’s say McDonald’s pays five cents for a cup and two cents for a bag, they now earn about 33 cents on each of the thousands of sales they make every day in our city.

You have to hand it over to our current city council to always seek out small business owners. Family-owned stores like McDonald’s are just trying to make it in this increasingly expensive town we live in.

Ethel J. Montes