Plastic pollution is one of the main burdens on the environment. Believe it or not, we throw enough plastic each year to make around the world four times. Worse still, it is estimated that 50% of the plastic on this planet is used only once before being thrown.
To limit the problem of plastic pollution, the city of San Francisco did something monumental: she became the first city in America to ban the sale of plastic water bottles.
This initiative aims to reduce the huge amount of waste from the industry of plastic bottles of several billion dollars that represents a threat to the environment.
Over the next 4 years, the ban will progressively remove water 25 cl plastic bottles or less in public spaces. A derogation is permitted if no water substitution is available, reports GlobalFlare.
The “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign, a national effort that encourages the restrictions of the “harmful” has been one of the most important support organizations of the proposal.
Even though the San Francisco ban is less strict than the comprehensive bans adopted in 14 national parks and a number of universities in Concord, Massachusetts, it is a step in the right direction.
Those who violate the ban could be fined up to $ 1000. It is certainly an incentive to invest in a reusable glass bottle.
The ban is “another step forward on our zero-waste goal,” (a step towards our goal zero waste) said Joshua Arce, the Chairman of the Committee on the environment. “We had big public events for decades without plastic bottles and we can move again us.”
It is not the first effort by the city to reduce plastic pollution. In the past, San Francisco has banned plastic bags and plastic foam containers.
By 2020, the city aims to produce no waste in the landfill. Its reorientation rate currently at 80%.
What is the American Beverage Association, which includes Coco-Cola Co. and PepsiCo, said ban plastic bottles? This ban is “nothing more than a solution looking for a problem It’s a misguided attempt of supervisors of the city to reduce waste in a city of enthusiasts of recycling. »
San Francisco recycles perhaps more than other cities, but we have to stop plastic pollution. Maybe in the future, other cities will follow the courageous example of this city and that they will totally eliminate plastics.
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