SF becomes first major city to ban sale of plastic water bottles

Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Environment with 0 Comments

Source: sfexaminer.com

San Francisco on Tuesday became the first major city in the U.S. to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on public property, building on a nationwide effort to curb waste from the billion-dollar industry.

The nine-months-in-the-making proposal by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu navigated a number of challenging issues, from The City’s drinking-water infrastructure to impacts on events such as the Folsom Street Fair or lower-key nonprofit events that often rely on the sale of bottled water for
revenue.


Even as the American Beverage Association opposed the restrictions, staunch environmentalists were calling for a tougher crackdown.

During the next four years, the ban will phase out the sales of plastic water bottles holding 21 ounces or less on city property, indoor or outdoor, which will impact park vendors, food truck operators, street fairs and places like the Moscone Center convention facility. Waivers are permissible if an adequate alternative water source is not available.

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