San Francisco International Airport will be one of the country's first major airports banning the sale of disposable plastic water bottles.
The new regulation, which comes into force on August 20, sees plastic removed from water bottles from airport restaurants, cafes and vending machines. In their place, travelers need to buy refillable aluminum or glass bottles if they do not bring their own.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Friday that the airport is following a 2014 approved ordinance prohibiting the sale of plastic water bottles property of the city. The airport is a department of the city government.
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San Francisco International Airport bans the sale of disposable plastic water bottles and the change will take effect on August 20. (Associated Press)
Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said the move away from disposable plastics is part of a broader plan to reduce airport net carbon emissions and energy use to zero and eliminate most landfill by 2021
"We're here This is the industry lead, and we want to push the boundaries of sustainability initiatives.
It is unclear whether providers who fail to comply will be punished. According to Yakel, the airport hopes that "there is no need".
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The airport already requires sellers to provide disposable food that is compostable, including to-go containers, spice packets, straws and utensils.
Michael Levine, CEO of a company that surveys the Napa Farms market in two airport terminals, told the Chronicle that stores could easily adapt to these requirements. The ban on bottled water is "a little trickier."
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.