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

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

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 (Via TrueActivist).

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Yay! This makes me so happy!

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excellent. ….. but just a drop in the ocean

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If this is true its a wonderful precedent. Especially for single-use plastic water bottles.

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Rock on! I’d almost move back if I could afford it.

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Maybe they could all be melted down and turned into recycling boxes that could be used for a hundred years.

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maybe a recycling program..work here in Canada…but I’ve heard few US States have a program.

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Vancouver needs to do this

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Now just ban plastic hypodermic needles and they may put a dent in the plastic in sf

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Guess the homeless are going to enjoy that price hike.

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Its very sad that people don’t recycle these bottles instead of just throw them away. We cash ours in all the time & at least get some gas money with them. People are wasteful!

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Plastic never dissappear. It only gets smaller and smaller. Dont produce plastic is the solution.

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And what is the substitute?

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Susie Trinh… something for council to get proactive over

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these should be melted and made into something else, park benches or something

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Judy, the system we have can’t handle all of our recycling. Not sure if it is true but I have heard that we send mega recycling overseas to be recycled.

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Glad to hear. Smiles

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Ban plastic and charge a deposit on glass.

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Why don’t they recycle

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Try getting your facts straight. San Fransisco is not the first US city to ban the sale of water bottles. Concord Massachusetts was.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottled_water_ban#Concord.2C_Massachusetts.2C_United_States

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Finally … a bit of common sense !

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What will they use instead? Go back to glass. Looking for honest feedback please.

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Way to go, SanFran!!!

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Just don’t buy water in them. We use refillable bottles. But kudos to San Francisco.

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wow thats alot of money send them all to judy,s house!!

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This is wonderful! Hope others follow suit

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We can’t cash in plastic bottles in NZ. But we are very lucky to have a safe water supply. Absolutely not need to buy bottled water in NZ. I’ve often told tourists and foreign seasonal workers here on working holidays there is not need to buy bottled water. They are very surprised.

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Hopefully that starts a trend.

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Now that makes perfect sense”

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Stupid. How about offering 5 cents return on a bottle?. Or start a recycling program for plastics that can be pressure cooked back into oil?
It’s wrong to ban things. How about punishing the person that actually does something wrong with the plastic bottle?
Isnt san fransisco one of the cities that thought it was progressive to dump their trash into the ocean?
Every piece of garbage is recyclable in some way. There’s no reason for anything to sit in a landfill. There’s no reason to ban an inanimate object just because you are too irresponsible to recycle it yourself.

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Better late than never!!

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The problem is the people not the plastic bottles. Proper waste management and DISCIPLINE is needed.

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A very sound move, Kudo’s for San Francisco.

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    Until they have a do not boil water notice and the water is undrinkable……

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    It’s only on city owned property and it’s only for selling. Totally unrealistic.

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Ecosnippets forgot to mention that this strictly on city owned property. Plastics bottles can be bought everywhere else in the city and can be brought on to city property just can’t be bought there. So what are they stopping street vendors from selling drink bottles 22 oz or larger? Stupid law.

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    Gotta start somewhere

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    If your going to make a law might as while make it worth while. You can drive a quarry truck through this one.

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    At least they have started unlike the rest of the critics who aren’t even trying.

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    Obviously you didn’t read the clause they are giving it one year to reduce plastic waste by 40% in the city as a whole if it doesn’t work they are cancelling it. Sounds like another CA feel good but unrealistic law. The activists fall in love with.

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why don’t they recycle the bottles, that’s what we do in norway..

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    They’re almosg not at all recyclable. Also, it takes more water to make one than to fill one.

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    In the US required by law that all plastic beverage bottles are recyclable and all state have recycling laws. The problem is people. This law only applies to selling beverages that have plastic bottles and only on city owned property which is less then 1% of the city another government feel good law which will have no effect. How about enforcing the littering laws on the books?

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    we recycle all plastic in our house, and paper, glas, cans, anything really. it’s a really good thing. because if we are going to have trash, we need to recycle it, into something new, not just dump it in big piles. but we also need to get more aware ourselves on not buying things we dont need and throwing things that we can still use og use for other things or that others can use. it is and will be a big problem in the world. problem is the lands that have most poverty dont have the means to get ride of their own trash and they also get alot of the trash we make too..

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Good for them wish we could go back to the days of returnable glass bottles

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It’s a great start, now we need a full out ban!

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Way to go San Francisco!!!

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Is this true? I’ve just visited the city and there were plastic bottles on sale EVERYWHERE ?

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    Straight from the article:

    “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.”

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Am I missing something? No matter what container you pick, how is the problem solved? You’ve just shifted the problem, right?

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    And aluminum can be recycled repetitively.

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    and there are the box waters.

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    thing is, the more places ban these products, the more companies will start looking at alternatives – eco plastics made of natural materials that will break down for example. The technology is there to eliminate most plastics the big companies just need a reason to make the switch and bans like this give them a reason

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    A reusable bottle pls folks!

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Can’t cali secede already and be gone

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    Jealous?. CA provides what is before you. Better air quality, climate action, cleaner air and healthier life style. What is your real beef?

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    Lol, your a funny guy. Our air is cleaner here, no smog, we work most if the day so don’t need specialized lifestyles except cities, and some if the left’s proposed climate action would prohibit farming, ie no dust allowed during farming actions. Really if cali is so great, you should push your legislators including the deranged and senile feinstein and Pelosi to secede, really I mean that.

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    Shhh….let him believe his misconceptions. We don’t need millions more flocking to this great state!

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You know we used to have water fountains all around. Bring your own beautiful water bottle made of steel. And you may survive having to refill at water fountains. How did we ever survive without plad6ic in the 60’s?

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Make Cinder Blocks out of the plastic and then build a home. Make this a Massive Championship Contest . Build a 750 square foot 2 floor home from only recycled plastic building materials no wood for siding and infrastructural including floors. Take it from here and see where it goes and the cost.

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    The embedded energy cost of manufacture of ‘cinder blocks’ is way less than that of plastic bottles. This would be ‘downcycling’ and an expensive way to produce an inexpensive commodity out of one with a much higher value.

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    First heat wave you’d be living in a puddle.

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india lab karenga?

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They should be outlawed globally.

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?love San Francisco

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Visually shocking.

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I feel eco-consciously guilty every time I come back from the supermarket, due to the enormous amount of single-use plastic wrapping every food that I have to throw away. Heart breaking! But I know that we, customers, can do something about it and make manufacturers #changeforgood and #makingood!

I’ve just written a post to Tesco (British supermarket) about it: “We Want Plastic-free packaging for fruits and veggies”
https://medium.com/…/we-want-plastic-free-organic…

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Need to make recycling unconditional everyone HAS to participate.

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Shelby Hagemann

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this should be nation wide. Cartons from recycled cardboard and remanufactured glass or aluminum cans only. And forget the 2 liter bottles. they only lead to bad eating habits.

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Now they need to do something about their homeless problem. Not only is it terrible to see, because people are suffering, but the city is filthy with garbage and urine because of it. I have no desire to ever visit that city again. I was just there a week ago and they were everywhere from union square, to the wharf and in between. The only area I didn’t see them is in the Victorian house district and golden gate park.

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    Many homeless people are there by choice…

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    Most I saw were not, clearly there is a huge need for mental health services there and per the tour guide there is extremely limited low income housing, so again the city needs to do something about that!

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    You clearly havent been through Oakland in the last few yrs. SF’s homeless issue isnt even close to the issues Oakland has.

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    Haven’t been to Oakland and if that’s true, I would have no desire to go there. My idea of vacation does not involve being invaded by homeless and streets of urine and feces.. There’s something really wrong with that, it’s even worse people can ignore it the way they do.

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    West coast cities get more homeless than other places because of the weather. When winter hits, the homeless of the east and mid west head west for the warmer winters. Western Cities will be trying to solve this endless problem forever partly because of their geography….note “partly” But it’s a factor.

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    Im not sure there is evidence to support that, though I have heard people say that before. If you look at the the stats NY has the highest population of homeless (by over 50k homeless), they also have a shelter law for the homeless which means they have to provide shelter for them. So they have to need to relocate. I really feel the bigger issue is the lack of giving a crap. I’m not from an area with tons of homeless, but I can tell you that even when a person looks lost we usually stop and have empathy, there was a huge lack of empathy there.

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    I hate to break it to you but homeless people are homeless because our system is failing. You can say that people chose to m=be homeless but what is their other choice. That statement doesn’t even make sense. If you choice was to be a slave or to be homeless, what would you choose. If we could just get our heads out of our asses for one minute we would just have single payer and this whole thread would be moot.

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    Not sure who your talking to here, but that is my point. I never said they were homeless by choice. There’s no housing and there is not enough mental health treatment. It’s system failure within each city, state and federally. Also, that people just don’t care.

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Lead the way San Fran!

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Too bad they weren’t the First City. Do some damn research. Concord Massachusetts banned plastic water bottles long before SF did…

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Fantastic..leaders for a world wide ban i hope!!!???

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So what happens when water mains break or they have a “boil water” notice???

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Do they recycle in California?

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Frisco land of the loons

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So if someone is homeless or poor and can barely afford the items packaged in plastic. ..wont they be worse off when it costs even more once packaged in glass?

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    Bottled water is 10x the cost of tap water. Since when does a homless person pay 10x the going rate for water?

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Costco needs to take the step and only sell 30oz or more the amount of people buying flats of tiny bottles of water in major metro areas with some of the best tap water in the US just amazes me. Hello Costco get with the program

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South Australia? recycles all plastic bottles and with 10c offered for each bottle no one throws them away

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My word this is fantastic news. What a great example they are setting. Plastic bottles for ‘fruit’ juice and water present more of a burden than a service and should never have been permitted in the first place. It is time the people governed. Industry has little interest in the well being of consumers or the planet. San Francisco shows us this is possible. Let’s all follow suit!!

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Again California is out there leading the nation. Forget Trump. He is completely clueless when it comes to the environment and real pollution issues.

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Jayme Lee Stewart

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GO FRISCO!!!!

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Old news article is from 2014. The ban is supposed to happen Jan 2018. They aren’t close to enforcing even in the small number public spaces.

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now that makes sense

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SF is working on many fronts and it is good to see that it is not neglecting its wider responsibilities to those beyond its borders.
The homeless issue is not totally one it can solve itself given the state of the country today and the concerted attack on social infrastructure across the nation that is being led by the current administration.
It is oft quoted that ‘you gets what you pay for’ and that’s the case in regard to homelessness. America can afford homes and has many standing empty. But no one wants to pay for them to be occupied . . . except the homeless, of course, and they have generally no resouces, some even having had their homes repossessed, or had massive medical bills, or suffer mental illness that they cannot get treated. Oh, yes, and there are those, of course, who just don’t want to work and wold rather be homeless . . . ???

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I love MY city! Wish I were there —- sharing this

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We need to bring back water fountains!

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Or they could be recycled..

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