The San Francisco airport announced to ban the sale of single use plastic water bottles. This new rule will take its effect from Aug. 20, 2019, onwards. All the water bottles will be removed from airport cafes, restaurants, and vending machines. People should bring their own water bottles at the airport or they have to buy recyclable aluminum, compostable water bottles or glass bottles. The airport spokesman Mr. Doug Yakel said the ban will be applied on mineral water, purified water, carbonated water, and electrolyte water except for flavored water.
The San Francisco airport added this change as a part of their five-year strategic plan. Which was launched in 2016 to become zero waste to landfill facility and cut down net carbon emission by 2021. Mr. Doug Yakel also said that reason for waiting this long is no alternative substitute for plastic water bottles are available years back. According to the spokesperson, each traveler creates half a pound of trash. In order to remove waste airport planning to restrict the use of one time use food accessories such as coffee cups, chopsticks, and napkins. In addition, water bottles who claims to be environment friendly have to take approval from Biodegradable Plastics Institute (BPI) before selling. The airport nearly installed 100 plus water bottle filling stations before the ban was announced. Also, the restaurants should give customers single use food accessories only upon request and not with each item they bought.
However, ban will be difficult for vendors to handle as approximate 4 Mn plastic water bottles were sold per year. This change will force vendors to offer single use foodware which are compostable. This new policy from San Francisco will take an international reckoning around the problems within the recycling industry as recycling plants do not accept unwashed plastics, plastic bottles with the lid on them. The officials said they are very much confident and hopeful that manufacturers will supply water in a bottle which is recyclable.