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San Francisco's Plastic Water Bottle Ban Extended To Events On City Property

by Bill McCool on 04/05/2019 | 2 Minute Read

Recently, San Francisco became the first city in America to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. Of course, this only applies to city-owned property, but there is hope that other similar bans will spread across other environmentally-friendly cities.

Introduced in 2014 by State Assemblyman David Chiu, the ordinance passed unanimously and set in motion a slow phasing out of the water bottle. New regulations in the ban prohibit the sale on events within city property, and government agencies themselves cannot purchase bottled water either.

Violators of the ban will be fined up to $1000 if they are found selling bottled water on city property, but retailers can do as they please.

Drawing the ire of the American Beverage Association after the legislation was introduced, they said that “banning plastic water bottles is nothing more than a solution in search of a problem,” insisting that it reduced customer choice because heaven-forbid cities invest in water-refilling stations.

Every minute around the globe, one million plastic bottles are sold, and given current recycling rates, only 9% of plastics find their way inside a recycling bin. This is not new news. Sometimes they go to a landfill. Sometimes they’re incinerated. Sometimes it ends up in our oceans.

No strangers to single-use bans, San Francisco has also prohibited the use of plastic bags and foam containers. This is all part of an effort by the city to have zero waste diverted to landfill by 2020, a rate which now stands around 80%.

Anyway, this is all to say that you should get a reusable bottle and stop buying plastic-bottled water unless, of course, you live in Flint.

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