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Plastic bottle sales prohibited at the San Francisco airport



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco International Airport prohibits the sale of disposable plastic water bottles.

The unprecedented move to one of the country's major airports will take effect August 20, Chronicle reports Friday.

The new rule applies to airport restaurants, cafes and vending machines. Travelers who need clear water need to buy refillable aluminum or glass bottles if they do not bring their own.

As department of San Francisco city administration the airport follows a decree which in 2014 passed the ban on sale of plastic water bottles on property of the city.

Moving away from plastics is also part of a broader plan to reduce net carbon emissions and energy consumption to zero by 2021

and eliminate most landfill waste, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.

But considering the approximately 4 million plastic water bottles sold at the airport each year, it may be more difficult for sellers to comply with the ban on bottled water.

It is unclear if non-compliant providers will be punished, Yakel hopes "it is not necessary".

SFO sellers are already committed to providing only compostable disposables such as souvenirs, spice wraps, straws, and utensils.

Businesses in airports have easily adapted to these requirements due to increased availability of suppliers of such products, said Michael Levine, CEO of the company that oversees Napa Farms Market, a business operating in Terminal 2 and in the international terminal G offers takeaway dishes.

"But the impact on the water bottle is a bit trickier," he said.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com


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