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San Francisco International Airport bans plastic bottled water

Travellers heading through San Francisco International Airport are being urged to bring refillable bottles as a ban on plastic bottled water will take effect from August 20.

On August 3, San Francisco International Airport officials announced that shops, eateries and airline lounges will no longer be able to provide or sell plastic bottled water.

Vendors and tenants can still provide or sell empty reusable bottles or prefilled recyclable aluminium and glass or BPI-certified compostable water bottles.

To accommodate the change, the airport also has more than 100 hydration stations.

The ban is part of a five-year strategic plan by the airport to becoming a zero waste-to-landfill facility by 2021.

On Twitter, an airport spokesperson said staff have been working closely with all tenants and vendors to help make the transition to non-plastic bottled water alternatives.

Many Twitter users congratulated the move with one, Mark Gerardot, saying, “Love your leadership on this”, and another, Anette Hallstrom applauding the airport for the news on the change, which made it to Denmark. “I salute you. Thank you for showing the way,” Hallstrom said.

Others were less reluctant to accept the change. One Twitter user, Murphy Gallagher, said as someone who passes through the airport multiple times per week, he hopes the airport has a solution that is as easy, if not easier than grabbing a bottle of water.

“As a business traveller on day trips, I will not be bringing my own receptacle. I assume you have a solution,” Gallagher said.

The alternative options such as aluminium and glass bottles aims to accommodate people who do not bring refillable bottles.