Since July 2023 all restaurants are required to use reusable cups for drinks served in their restaurants.

Combined with a regulation that requires restaurants accept customer-supplied (BYO) cups, the two regulations are tackling tackle single-use cups, one of the top litter items across Canada, and mostly unrecyclable.

The City’s regulation includes a number of other measures, including: 

  • Ban on foam containers, bowls and cups
  • Ban on single-use plastic bags, and a fee on single-use paper bags
  • Restaurants must accept customer-supplied clean cups
  • Restaurants must provide reusable cups for dine-in orders
  • Only offer accessories-on-request - including online, delivery and drive-through orders.

The City of Edmonton’s regulation provides comprehensive support to help small businesses and community groups make the transition – free signs and notices in multiple languages, training guides and videos, guidance on the best options, and a micro-grant that could be used to install dishwashing infrastructure, purchase reusable cups and get technical support to make the changes to ordering apps. 

Read more about Edmonton’s Single Use Items strategy