San Francisco International Airport is banning the sale of single – use plastic bottles and will require fliers to buy refillable bottles if they’ re not already carrying their own , US media reported on Friday .
The new rule comes into effect on August 20, the San Francisco Chronicle reported , and is part of a five – year plan to lower landfill waste , net carbon emissions and net energy use to zero .
“ We’ re the first airport that we’ re aware of to implement this change , ” airport spokesman Doug Yakel told the newspaper .
“We’ re on the leading edge for the industry , and we want to push the boundaries of sustainability initiatives, ” he said .
The ban will apply to all restaurants , cafes and vending machines, though not to planes using the airport .
It exempts brands of flavored water.
Filtered water is provided for free at 100 “ hydration stations, ” where flyers can top up glass or metal bottles.
The airport describes itself as an “ industry leader” in sustainability , installing solar panels and instructing all tenants to use fully compostable food ware including straws and utensils .
Airports in Dubai and India have announced similar plastic bottle bans , but have yet to fully implement them .
The city of San Francisco banned the sale of plastic water bottles on city- owned property back in 2014, but allowed delays and granted certain exemptions .
Global plastic production has grown rapidly , and is currently at more than 400 million tons per year .
Single- use items represent about 70 percent of the plastic waste littering the marine environment .
Each year , a million birds and more than 100 , 000 marine mammals worldwide are injured or killed by becoming entangled in plastic or ingesting it through the food chain .
Canada and the European Union have pledged to ban single – use plastics starting in 2021 .
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