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San Francisco International Airport bans the sale of plastic water bottles
Posted on 07/08/2019

EnvironmentUnited States of America

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No more plastic water bottles at San Francisco International! The airport has announced the ban as part of a Zero Waste Program launched earlier this year, and the measure will be effective on 20 August.

Single-use plastic water bottles won't be sold anymore at SFO

Single-use plastic water bottles won't be sold anymore at SFO
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According to the announcement on its website, San Francisco International wants "to address one of the major sources of waste generated at the Airport." Under the measure, all restaurants, shops, vending machines and lounges will be forbidden to sell plastic water bottles. The airport has taken social media to encourage travelers to bring their own reusable bottles and containers and refill them at one of the nearly 100 free hydration stations and drinking fountains located in all the airport's terminals.

Airport spokesman, Doug Yakel, hopes that this eco-friendly move will inspire other airports to adopt similar gestures. "We're the first airport that we're aware of to implement this change. We're on the leading edge for the industry, and we want to push the boundaries of sustainability initiatives," he declared. For now, the ban only applies to water bottles because many other alternatives already exist for consumers. But according to the spokesman, the airport is considering the idea of extending the ban to flavored beverages in the coming years if enough alternatives develop.

This measure is in fact a result of a 2014 ordinance that aimed to ban single-use plastic water bottles in all properties owned by the city of San Francisco. Since SFO belongs to San Francisco's municipality, it was obligated to implement the ban. It is not the first eco-friendly measure announced by the airport: last month, San Francisco International restricted the distribution of single-use plastic straws.

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