San Francisco Proposes Bottled Water Ban
The city estimates two million plastic water bottles end up in its landfills each year, according to the legislation.
“We applaud Board of Supervisors' President Chiu and San Francisco’s leadership in the movement to think outside the bottle,” Erin Diaz, director of the Think Outside the Bottle Campaign said in a statement. “By taking this step, the city continues to be a pioneer, paving the way for cities across the country to follow suit and buck the bottle. Not only does this measure eliminate wasteful spending on such an eco-unfriendly product, it is also a resounding endorsement of the tap and ensures people’s access in public spaces to the most essential of municipal services—tap water.”
The American Beverage Association criticized the proposal.
“The consumer should have a choice on how they drink their water,” said Kate Krebs, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association, said, according to the San Francisco examiner, noting consumers are recycling the plastic.
The city expects the first public hearing for this bill to take place by early-February. If enacted, San Francisco would follow Concord, Mass., which, earlier this year, was the first American city to ban bottled water, as well as college campuses and national parks that also have instituted a ban, according to TIME.