Water Bottle Ban?

mattgould's picture

Is banning water bottles really a viable option? I've heard rumors about this for awhile but can't imagine stores really not selling bottles of water. Perhaps it would be better to fine people caught throwing recyclables into normal trash bins?


Lucy in the sky's picture


Has this gained momentum or not?  any word on that

oceansfiveo's picture

Banning Water Bottles

Most of our waste today is comprised of plastic. Plastic, which is made from petroleum, is a material that the Earth cannot digest. Every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, except for a small amount that has been incinerated, releasing toxic chemicals.

In the ocean, plastic waste accumulates in swirling seas of debris, where plastic to sea life ratios are 6:1; where birds and mammals are dying of starvation and dehydration with bellies full of plastics; where fish are ingesting toxins at such a rate that soon they will no longer be safe to eat.

The largest of these garbage swills is known as the Pacific Gyre, or The Great Garbage Patch. It is roughly the size of Texas, containing approximately 3.5 million tons of trash. Shoes, toys, bags, pacifiers, wrappers, toothbrushes, and bottles too numerous to count are only part of what can be found in this accidental dump floating midway between Hawaii and San Francisco.

Therefore, the City and County of San Francisco needs to be at the forefront in implementing a Plastics Reduction Program through both residential, commercial and governmental areas. Since manufacturers of products utilizing plastic forms are the responsible parties, CCSF could implement a tax-tiered structure based on per piece or GRW. Afterall, the manufacturers plastic items end up in our land-fills and or waterways, bays, estuaries and oceans. The manufacturers/producers would not be able to offset this tax by increasing wholesale, retail prices for items. Funds collected can then be earmarked towards building suitable plastic recycling plants converting the plastic into a biofuel for CCSF community and residential uses.

ExcelsiorMom's picture

How about a tax on any the

How about a tax on any the sale of each plastic water bottle?  Kind of like the surchage placed on glass bottles in some states?

oceansfiveo's picture

Tax on Water Bottles

Hi, if there is to be any additonal "tax" on a water bottle purchase, I am of the opinion that it must not only be a burden on the consumer, but the manufacturer of the bottle and beverage. Think about it for 1 minute. Most of the bottles are probably manufactured in another country. Imported into the US, and filled at a distribution center. None of these two locals are even at point of sale. Therefore, what costs 4-5 cents to produce elsewhere, ends up costing the point of sale location much more in waste disposal. The consumer needs to be educated and rewarded. Educated about a viable return/recycle program and rewarded by incentive such a deposit/credit return. The manufacturer and bottler can be educated...produce bottles that are biodegradeable...yet we know they will kick and scream citing higher production costs, etc. Therefore the only way to get them on board is to tax, excise tax their production of non-biodegradeable bottles. There are ways to achieve 95% recycle and/or biodegradeable production, its just a matter of getting everyone on the same page.

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