San Francisco Int’l Airport First To Ban Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

by | August 20, 2019

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has initiated a ban on single-use plastic water bottles.

The airport is beginning to phase out all water bottles packed in single-use plastics, from restaurants to shops to vending machines.

100 hydration stations are now available for passengers to refill their own reusable water bottles, or they can buy water in glass or aluminum.

The ban begins today. However, the inventory currently in the airport will be sold, and then the new policy will become active.

The airport is doing this to remain on track to become the first zero-waste airport by 2021.

San Francisco’s 2014 ordinance banning the sale of plastic water bottles on city property might also be a contributing factor to the switch.

Water Bottles
The new law rule encourage the use of reusable bottles

Reducing San Francisco Waste

According to Doug Yakel, a spokesperson for SFO, every person that comes through the airport is said to produce about a half-pound of trash. 

By cutting down on other waste products like straws and napkins, along with ending its sale of around 10,000 water bottles per day, the airport is set to significantly reduce its waste volume from its current approximated 28 million tons of waste per year.

Tea, juice and soda will be exempt from the new policy until more options are put forth by the industry. The airlines do not follow this new policy, only the airport vendors stationed on the ground.

According to CBS News, Americans discard nearly 30 million tons of plastic per year, only 8 percent of which gets recycled. When it’s brought instead to landfills, it can take up to 1000 years to decompose while leaking toxins into the soil and water surrounding it.

Do you think this policy will get companies and consumers to think more about their plastic waste? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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