San Francisco Becomes First City To Ban The Sale Of Plastic Bottles

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Plastic pollution is one of the greatest burdens to the environment. Believe it or not, enough plastic is discarded every year to circle the globe four times. Even worse, it is estimated that 50% of the plastic on this planet is used only once before being thrown away.

To curb the issue of plastic pollution, the city of San Francisco has just done something monumental: it has become the first in America to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. 

The move is building a global movement to reduce the huge amount of waste from the billion-dollar plastic bottle industry which is taking a toll on the environment.

Over the next four years, the ban will phase out the sales of plastic water bottles that hold 21 ounces or less in public spaces. A waiver is permissible if an adequate alternative water source is not available, reports GlobalFlare

Think Outside the Bottle campaign, a national effort that encourages restrictions of the “eco-unfriendly product,” was one of the largest supporters of the proposal.

While the San Francisco ban is less strict than the full prohibitions passed in 14 national parks and a number of universities in Concord, Massachusetts, it is a step in the right direction. 

Those who violate the ban could face fines of up to $1,000. That’s certainly an incentive to invest in a  reusable glass bottle.

The ban is “another step forward on our zero-waste goal,” said Joshua Arce, the chairman of the Commission on the Environment. “We had big public events for decades without plastic bottles and we’ll do fine without them again.”

This isn’t the first effort by the city to curb plastic pollution. In the past, San Francisco banned plastic bags and plastic foam containers. 

By 2020, the city aims to have no waste going to its landfill. Its diversion rate now stands at 80%.

What did the American Beverage Association, which includes Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo, have to say about the plastic bottle ban? The ban is “nothing more than a solution in search of a problem. This is a misguided attempt by city supervisors to decrease waste in a city of avid recyclers.” 

San Francisco may be more recycle-happy than other cities, but plastic pollution needs to be curbed. Perhaps in the future, other cities will follow the city’s bold lead and phase out plastics completely.

*Article originally appeared on True Activist. Reposted with permission. *

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5 COMMENTS

  1. This is a joke. I mean by that, a ridiculous move by the city. They aren’t banning a bad source of pollution, being the plastic bottle, they are banning water. They are allowing all other beverages sold in plastic bottles. Water is not the culprit, and in fact of all the bottled substances, bottled water is the healthiest choice over all the sugar filled options. I will find it hilarious if they have a tsunami or earthquake and no one could deliver bottled water to the masses because they’d be breaking the law. Bottled water is not the problem, if they are against plastic bottle pollution they need to ban ALL beverages sold in plastic bottles, and then deal with the rise in glass bottles as trash. Ejits making the rules.

  2. The title doesn’t even say “in the world”, so not sure why you think the title is misleading on that criteria, BUT… This title IS actually misleading because it’s just wrong. San Francisco did NOT ban the sale of plastic bottles, it only banned the sale of WATER sold in plastic bottles, all other beverages sold in plastic bottles are just fine by them.

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  • David Cellar

    WTG San Fran, love it, hope they are leading the way for others to follow.

  • Robyn Annala Sleeper

    This is a joke. I mean by that, a ridiculous move by the city. They aren’t banning a bad source of pollution, being the plastic bottle, they are banning water. They are allowing all other beverages sold in plastic bottles. Water is not the culprit, and in fact of all the bottled substances, bottled water is the healthiest choice over all the sugar filled options. I will find it hilarious if they have a tsunami or earthquake and no one could deliver bottled water to the masses because they’d be breaking the law. Bottled water is not the problem, if they are against plastic bottle pollution they need to ban ALL beverages sold in plastic bottles, and then deal with the rise in glass bottles as trash. Ejits making the rules.

  • Julio Gonzalez

    I can see coca cola rubing their hands now.

  • Dev_mom

    The title is misleading San Francisco is not the first city in the world, but the first city in America.

  • Robyn Annala Sleeper

    The title doesn’t even say “in the world”, so not sure why you think the title is misleading on that criteria, BUT… This title IS actually misleading because it’s just wrong. San Francisco did NOT ban the sale of plastic bottles, it only banned the sale of WATER sold in plastic bottles, all other beverages sold in plastic bottles are just fine by them.