San Francisco Airport bans single-use plastic

San Francisco Airport brought a ban on single-use plastic except for soda and juices


An increased effect on the environment can be noticed due to the climate change. The everyday consumer habits and investing opportunities are linked to the environmental concerns and resource use. The San Francisco International Airport is one of the largest in the country and has said that it will ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles beginning from August 20, 2019. However, the flavored water sold in bottles will be considered as an exception.

Doug Yakel a spokesperson for the airport while talking to a leading daily said, it is the first airport that they are aware of implementing this change. So far the airport has installed more than 100 free water-filing stations for glass or aluminum bottles. Fast food giant McDonalds says that thick paper straws cannot be recycled. The Managing director at McDonalds says that the new eco-friendly paper straws cannot be recycled and are instead being thrown out in general waste. The material is recyclable but the thickness of the straws makes it tough for the recycling centres to process.

The straws here were made thicker when the customers said a thinner version came apart. The fast food chain is now working on a solution. Meanwhile, public reaction has been positive and the news resulted in some angry business travelers who expressed over the inconvenience of having one more item to pack. Sodas, juices and flavoured water can still be packed in plastic bottles.

Yakel added, “SFO has about 100 hydration stations that dispense free filtered water, and the availability of water that’s been bottled in something besides plastic continues to grow. This trend has yet to make its way to flavored beverages, but we’re hopeful it does in the coming years.” While talking about alternatives to plastic, the spokesperson said that they would consider extending the plastic ban. The announcement by the airport comes a few days after Hotel InterContinental Group said that it would stop using miniature bottles of toiletries like shampoo, lotion and other products.

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