More Bans! San Francisco Bans Plastic Water Bottles


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on public property. Supervisor President David Chiu declared:

"It was not long ago that our world wasn't addicted to plastic water bottles… It wasn't until the 1990s that the now $60 billion plastic bottle water industry experienced an enormous growth based on massive marketing and distribution campaigns."

Yea, and it also wasn't long ago before people were addicted to dishwashers, microwave ovens, mobile phones, the Internet, Facebook, Amazon 2-day delivery, and other technological advances and modern conveniences that make our lives more productive.

There are concerns that the ban on plastic water bottles could harm public and non-profit events that sell water bottles to raise revenue. Banning water alternatives in public places will also direct attention toward the quality of the city's drinking water infrastructure.

Apparently this is part of a "zero-waste goal." The city has decided to aspire "to have zero waste going to its landfill by 2020." What other waste-generating products will the city ban next?