San Francisco is banning single use plastic water bottles on its city property. During the next four years, the ban will phase out the sale and distribution of plastic water bottles holding 21 ounces or less within the city.
The latest data we can find is that 50 billion single serve bottles of water were used by Americans in 2007 – with a recycling rate of only 23% therefore over 38 billion bottles end up in landfill. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, in 2010, the U.S alone also generated 31 million tons of plastic waste.
San Francisco wasn’t the first to ban the product – the town of Concord in Massachusetts, USA did away with the sale of single serving water bottles smaller than 1 litre in 2013.
But what does that mean for the rest of us?
If more towns, cities, states in the US and even other countries follow suit, companies who produce plastic water bottles may think twice about manufacturing that product which will then reduce the stock being fed back into the plastics industry as recyclate.
But how does that affect LINPAC?
Today it doesn’t. LINPAC sources the majority of its recycled materials from Europe where there is an active and robust recycling policy in place feeding the material recycling industry. This means, as much PET as possible, especially single use drinks bottles, is recycled into other industry applications.
LINPAC uses recycled materials sourced from products such as single use plastic bottles, which are then in house supercleaned and guaranteed food safe to EU standards and are then turned into LINPAC packaging products. Now those water bottles, which are being banned in America, are among the materials that are recycled and reused across LINPAC.
What we do know is that a large percentage of households still do not recycle enough and throw everything that they consider ‘rubbish’ into their ordinary bin.
American critics argued the ban in San Francisco was misguided and rather ban the plastic bottles; people should be re-educated about recycling.