SFO to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 August 2019
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A Lufthansa aircraft on a runway at SFO

A Lufthansa aircraft on a runway at SFO

San Francisco International Airport said Friday it would ban single-use plastic water bottles in shops and restaurants starting later this month, a move believed to be unprecedented in the United States.

“Airport tenants, vendors, and permittees may not provide or sell bottled water in containers that contain plastic or aseptic paper packaging, including in vending machines,” the airport authority said on its website, adding that reusable water bottle, recyclable aluminum and glass bottles, and certified compostable water bottles were acceptable.

Flavored water bottles are exempt from the new regulation.

“We’re the first airport that we’re aware of to implement this change,” said SFO spokesman Doug Yokel to reporters. “We’re on the leading edge for the industry, and we want to push the boundaries of sustainability initiatives.”

The move is in keeping with a 2014 city ordinance that bans the sale of plastic water bottles on city-owned property, including the airport.  It is also part of a trend that has seen the airport require a move away from non-recyclable, non-compostable single-use plastics such as disposable utensils or straws

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