The San Francisco International Airport made headlines this month with its new ban on plastic water bottles – a step towards its goal of becoming the world's first zero waste airport, Despite this, with the ban coming into force on August 20, has one big door: plastic bottles of water larger than one liter can still be sold.
As confirmed on the SFO website, "This policy covers drinking water in a sealed box, bag, can, bottle or other container intended primarily for single use and with a capacity of 1 liter or less. "
Perhaps the more accurate policy name would be Tiny Plastic Plated Bottle Ban.
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The ban on plastic also does not apply to flavored drinks , including sodas, teas and juices, so travelers can still get their selfies refreshed.It applies to restaurants, cafes and vending machines at the airport, but not drinks served on the plane.
While SFO flyers still can be filled with giant plastic water bottles, if they are looking for more manageable sizes, you will need to purchase a disposable water bottle in recyclable aluminum, recyclable glass or compostable packaging – or simply bring a reusable bottle, which can be filled at any of about 100 stations for SFO Hydration
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The airport hopes to achieve zero waste by going to the 2021 landfill, so expect more new ones environmental changes in the near future.
Madeline Wells is an SFGate editor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @ madwells22