San Francisco Airport Bans Plastic Water Bottles

SFO says it will only allow 25 approved water products in cans or glass bottles.

August 12, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO—Every day, travelers purchase nearly 10,000 water bottles at the San Francisco International Airport. But in two weeks, the number will become zero. Soon, retailers will only be allowed to sell 25 approved bottled water products that don’t contain plastic, reports San Francisco Weekly.

The approved list includes most sparkling and mineral water brands, like La Croix and Schweppes, but other still water will be allowed in aluminum or glass bottles like Deja Blue or BluWave Water. Airport officials encourage travelers to bring reusable bottles, available for fill up at 100 water stations around the airport.

Food vendors within the airport will also be required to serve food and drinks with reusable or compostable containers, cups and cutlery. Smaller foodware like straws and stir sticks will be available upon request.

Airport administrators say they’re the first to do something like this and are looking ahead to when they can ban plastic bottles for flavored drinks.

“Our hope is that this industry for alternatives continues to grow, to essentially grow to encompass those flavored beverages,” says airport spokesperson Doug Yakel. “What we’re trying to address is the single-use bottles that would be thrown away after. The market of recycling plastic bottles is collapsing.”

The SFO airport set goals to have zero waste by 2021 and the city of San Francisco hopes to hit that by 2020.