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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Il était temps

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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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