Starting August 20, single-use plastic water bottles will be banned at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). If you want water at the airport or to bring on a plane departing from it, you’ll have to bring a reusable bottle or buy one at the airport and then fill it at one of the 100+ hydration stations. Vendors and vending machines, meanwhile, will no longer carry single-use plastic water bottles at SFO.
For now, the ban applies to water only. That means that flavored waters and other beverages in single-use plastic are still okay. And according to CNN Business story linked above, “travelers can [still] bring empty disposable plastic water bottles to refill.” Still, a refillable bottle like one of these is a good investment if you’ll be flying through SFO anytime soon.
As to the reasoning behind the decision, the story notes that SFO “set a goal three years ago of becoming the world’s first zero-waste airport by 2021. According to the nonprofit Zero Waste Alliance, that means diverting at least 90% of waste from landfills and incinerators by recycling and composting.” In March, in fact, the airport “transitioned away from single-use plastic food service ware and utensils.”
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