San Francisco Becomes First City To Ban The Sale Of Plastic Bottles


Nowadays, the plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental burdens.



Statistics say that annually, we throw away enough plastic to circle the globe 4 times. Also, it has been shown that 50% of the plastic is thrown after the first use.



Newest studies suggest that the consumption of water and food in plastic bottles and packages is extremely detrimental to health, as plastic contains various harmful chemicals that leech in the water or food, and are thus entered in the human body.



One of the most harmful compounds in plastic is bisphenol A or BPA. The exposure to this toxin during pregnancy has been found to lead to low birth weight in newborn children.



This chemical has been initially used in the process of manufacturing of everyday plastics like helmets, food containers, goggles, paper receipts, and the coating of metal tins and cans for food. Due to all this, apparently, all people contain it at some level in the blood.



Moreover, this substance has been proven to have disastrous effects on the endocrine system, through the thyroid gland. Moreover, it also leads to obesity and affects the behavioral and brain development in children.



Despite these effects, the use of plastic bottles seriously damages the environment, and this pollution has been shown to directly cause various other health effects as well.



Due to all this, the city of San Francisco has started a revolution and became the first city to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. This is the start of a global movement which will lower the amount of waste thrown annually, due to the billion-dollar plastic bottle industry.



In the last 4 years, this ban is planned to phase out the plastic water bottles sale which holds 21 ounces or less in public spaces. According to GlobalFlare, a waiver will be permitted only if there is a lack of an adequate alternative water source.



This proposal was strongly supported by the Think Outside the Bottle campaign, which encourages restrictions of the “eco-unfriendly product”.



This is a huge step, even though it is not as strict as the full prohibitions passed in 14 national parks and numerous universities in Concord, Massachusetts



The fines for violating this ban can go up to $1,000. Hence, this will definitely stimulate you to purchase a reusable glass bottle.



Joshua Arce, the chairman of the Commission on the Environment, declared that this ban is “another step forward in our zero-waste goal. We had big public events for decades without plastic and we’ll do fine without them again.”



Previously, San Francisco banned plastic bags and plastic foam containers, so this is not the first attempt to reduce the plastic pollution. By 2020, they plan to eliminate all waste that goes to the landfill, and currently, the diversion rate stands at 80%.



The reaction of the American Beverage Association, which includes Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo, was the following: The ban is “nothing more than a solution in search of a problem. This is a misguided attempt by city supervisors to decrease waste in a city of avid recyclers.”



Nevertheless, the plastic pollution should be reduced at any cost, so moves of this one by the city of San Francisco may convince us to quit the use of plastics and become more aware of the need to protect our environment.

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  2. This is a very good step to help our environment and our health. I would love to see reusable and refundable glass bottles again.

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    1. There are alternatives to using plastic bottles or even purchasing bottled water. Find out more here www.morethanjustwater.ca

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  3. This is a beautiful thing here. I'm personally going to boycott any plastic containers that are smaller than gallon jugs and use reusable bags for my shopping instead of getting paper or plastic. I'm going to encourage anyone reading this and everyone I know to do the same. Also boycotting nestle and all of its products due to the devastation in our deserts.
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    Acting like there's no issue, stating we're looking for a problem!
    Better get on using those hemp plastics that break down! Oh ... BTW ... Live growing hemp is a bigtime air cleaner!!! I would pay more to you pieces of shit for eco-friendly bottles!

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    1. They didn't ban the sales of water bottles in supermarkets or convenient stores so this article is a bit misleading

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    2. The water I drink is chlorine free and doesn't cost a fortune. I don't have to stock a whole bunch of bottles in my basement either. www.info.morethanjustwater.ca

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    3. The marketing strategies of these corporations have blinded a lot of people. Seeing that all bottled water not only comes from a municipal source is a shame. Paying these prices for a human right is unacceptable and on top of that, these bottles destroy our home. www.morethanjustwater.ca

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  4. I live in Finland. We've had a bottle recycling system going on for more than 50 years. First it was naturally for glass bottles, because the're were no plastic ones. Soon it included cans and plastic bottles, too. There was practically no littering anyway, but especially no bottles around. The beauty of it is that there's always been a small deposit paid per bottle.
    That definitely works. I remember a Russian immigrant neighbor collecting and hunting for bottles, and she saved up enough money in a few months to buy rollerskates for her daughter.
    Now, we have machines where you can donate the money on charity, Unicef or some local one.

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    1. We have that in Australia too. Only problem is more containers are being returned than can be recycled so they are now building up in warehouses and refuse centres. At least it's not floating around the environment. Also Australians continue to use single use containers at a ridiculous rate.

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    2. CA has long a deposit program on glass and plastic bottles of 10¢ each. Still has not been a deterrent to the lazy jerks who toss them about without a care. This is an attitude problem more than anything else.

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    3. Indeed! Most needs to changr an attitude and the rest will will come back into equillibrium naturally

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  5. Are refundables really the issue? At least they come back for recycling - it’s all the other plastic that people who don’t care have no motivation to keep out of landfills. THAT plastic is what should be banned. Don’t get me wrong, good start and all...but this is a baby step and a small bandaid on a much larger problem.

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    1. Angela Bell -Good point. There is always going to be some amount of garbage (which is a food source for some microbes). I really appreciate paper diapers with their inner layer of plastic when changing the two year old grandson. The plastic helps retain body excretions from dirtying clothing, etc. Glass can break and cause cuts and bleeding. Recycling glass is costlier because of the weight of glass, hence increased transportation costs. Simplistic thinking and reactions can cause more problems. Careful thinking and a variety of options can be a more effective way forward.

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    2. CA has long had a 10¢ deposit on plastic and glass bottles. Still not deterrent to lazy people just tossing them about...

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    3. I am in CA and collect all the containers I find to make money.

      It's amazing how much money people throw away. Bone headed.

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    4. The resources needed to even recycle the water bottle is astronomical. Because of that, I use just one bottle and refill it at home with pure alkalized water. www.webinar.morethanjustwater.ca

      But if reusing plastic bottles is how you want to spin it, the bottles have to be collected from homes, businesses, and other sites.

      Then, every plastic bottle must be separated from metal, glass, and other things that people put into recycle bins.

      The plastic bottles are also sorted by the type of plastic they're made from.

      Then, the bottles are cleaned remove any food, liquid, or chemical residue.

      Next, all of the bottles are ground up and shredded into flakes.

      Finally, they are melted down and formed into small pellets, each about the size of a grain of rice.

      The pellets are bundled up and sold to companies that can be melt them and make them into many different products.

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  6. What university is in Concord, MA?

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  8. I am slowly eliminating plastic storage containers in my kitchen. I now save all glass bottles for storage of leftovers. I've even been experimenting with them in the freezer which is working. I just fills the bottles halfway. Yes glass breaks and cuts, but I grew up with glass we just learned that glass cuts and never had a problem. Thank you San Francisco for leading the way.

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    1. Bravo!
      What is more I am eager to know, which kind of glass You use in freezer?

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  9. That's great we are getting rid of plastic bottles. Any suggestions for buying spring water in a glass container? Where can we buy non-tap water, I wonder. I would gladly pay more for glass and equally would be happy to recycle it.

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  10. I love how these deranged people love to throw in "birth weights and issues on pregnancy" when its a issue that matters most to them.. should be a asterisk next to these claims so they stay true there cause... one that says *For you know.. those out there that feel this matters and all... half the people out there livin by "her body her choice rule".. but bring up plastic and a pregnant lady and they ALL get so concerned for the infant..LMAO!!!!!

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    1. Lol you pro-birthers make me laugh .. Clearly if the pregnancy is to be terminated there is no need to worry about plastic. If not however it is a problem.

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  11. What an absolute plaform for leaders of San Fran to work off... passing out plastic needles on one city bloock while legislating againts "straws" on another.. Do you realize just how absolutely fuckin stupid this is..

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  12. you people are so fucking stupid your actual dangerous...

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  13. We just need to stop having so many children.

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  14. San Franshitsco cannot keep the poop off the street and take care of it's homeless, but the rich people who administer the place can afford to buy all their drinks and spring water in glass bottles so virtue signalling gets the "green" light.

    "The fines for violating this ban can go up to $1,000. Hence, this will definitely stimulate you to purchase a reusable glass bottle."

    This will only affect the very many poor people who live there.

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  15. I think there's a fairly simple way to allow the use of things like plastic bottles, AND to stop polluting with them. Mandate a hefty deposit on them. It wouldn't have to be prohibitive. Say, if it were $0.50 per container, wouldn't you think that virtually all of them would get recycled?

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  16. I do not like this we only drink bottled water because the sources are too contaminated.

    The small bottles are just the right size and light to handle.

    I am so tired of certain groups always trying to take our stuff away.

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  17. This is supposed to be a science website? Where's the science? Plastic bottles produce 10 times less CO2 than glass bottles Cradle to Cradle. So let's ban plastic and accelerate the CO2 problem, yeah? Bunch of idiots.

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    1. Yep I am seeing a lot of people trying to ban the better product for the worse products.

      Can't fix stupid.

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  18. Plastics are not the major problem, it is the single use that needs to stop , recycling refunding is a good concept but it is not a large enough incentive for some(well most) , a dime is not enough for some to carry that bottle . but raise it to the cost of the beverage then watch people bring it back . For example : I pay 10 cent deposit for a soft drink plastic bottle which I may return myself or more than likely I will drop it of into a recycling bin ( my version of the garbage) But I pay $1.50 deposit for my glass milk bottle...take a guess who brings that back to the store .

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  19. Problem with glass containers is that when they get tossed/broken, the glass can act as a magnifier glass with sunlight and start brush/bush fires. This can also be disastrous for California as we have seen.

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  20. in the U.S. only I guess, because around the world there are many places that have done for decades.

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  21. Who doesn't own a good reusable bottle and a fridge w a filtered water dispenser these days??
    Just stop buying single use water bottles! Make water dispensers more available like water fountains used to be. I've used them to refill my own bottle at several airports and it tasted just fine.

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    2. I do not own a reuseable bottle. I do not like them.

      You always have to clean it and take it with you.

      I love the single use bottles and I recycle them all and get my five cents deposit back and I recycle any other ones I find.

      We recently bought a new refrigerator but did not get a model with a water dispenser. It was more money for those models.

      So no, I don't have either one.

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    3. Recycling isn't sustainable.

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  22. Phthalates like BPA are not in PET or PETE plastics, bad science "Science Reporter". If plastics are recycled at high rates, they're less of an issue. Reusable glass is heavy and therefore will require more fuel to move it to and from the point of use. It requires washing and therefore waste water contaminated with soap not unlike recycled PET. Energy consumption to create one versus the other is another consideration. I guess since glass sinks and sea-life typically doesn't eat it, we consider that less of a pollution problem. Maybe San Fran can start ocean dumping like NYC once did once all their trash sinks. When government tells you at any cost, think about that for a minute because chances are you're about to inherit a new tax.

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    1. Recycling is not environmentally friendly.

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