could new york city parks be going plastic bottle-free?

by:HongXing     2020-05-14
Ballfields Cafe in Central Park sells over 400 bottles of bottled water to hot-every week
Dog lovers wash salt, families out there, and tourists who can\'t drink tap water.
But all these bottles flow into a steady stream of plastics that spill over the trash can, clog the landfill, and clog the ocean.
Now the New York City Council plans to consider banning the sale of disposable plastic bottles at city parks, beaches and golf courses.
Although the bottle can still be brought in by the Park
The ban is intended to be an important step in curbing the ubiquitous plastic bottles that have become a major part of everyday life.
\"New Yorkers like convenience, especially because we always run from place to place, but it will make us stop and realize the impact of our actions on our environment, said Senator Rafael L. Espinal Jr.
A Democrat from Brooklyn is working with Ben Carlos, a Democratic lawmaker on the Upper East Side, to propose the ban.
New York City will be the third city in the country
Behind San Francisco and Concord. —
The sale of plastic bottles is prohibited, according to environmental advocates, and the first includes bottled soda, juice and water.
Plastic bottles are already available to many government agencies, colleges and businesses.
Free policy to encourage the use of filling bottles.
\"It really sends a strong message to the public and to the bottled water industry that we don\'t need to rely on this unnecessary product,\" said Lauren Drosha Flores . \", Director of activities for non-profit organizations \"corporate accountability.
\"The Road to the future is to continue to invest in a strong public water supply system and to ensure that tap water is available to people throughout the city.
But the International Bottled Water Association, an industry organization, has raised objections saying that such a ban would deprive people of safety, and when thousands of other foods also use plastic containers, healthy, convenient drinking water sources and unfair target drinks.
According to the group, \"it is not in the public interest to restrict or prohibit the sale of bottled water, as it reduces access to adequate water and water . \".
Another industry group, the American Beverage Association, said it worked with environmental groups to promote recycling of bottles in homes, jobs and public places.
\"We believe there are more comprehensive ways to protect and protect our environment, and we are committed to working with cities and other groups to implement better solutions to reduce plastic waste,\" the organization said.
Some park vendors are also worried that the ban will hurt their bottom line.
Gabriel Freilich, manager of Cafe Ballfields, said: \"We do our best to get through and the water bottle helps us to do that . \".
In 2014, San Francisco passed a similar ban on the sale of 21 ounces or smaller plastic bottles in public places, including municipal buildings, streets and parks.
As chairman of the city\'s Board of Supervisors, Democratic state councillor David Joe, who supported the ban, said it helped change culture.
People now carry their favorite refillable water bottles with them.
Concerts and festivals set up water stations that can be refilled instead of selling plastic bottles on a workload basis.
\"While it was controversial when it was proposed, it seems to be a no after today\'s event
He said.
\"I think everyone has adapted.
\"On 2012, residents of Concord voted to ban the sale of a car, which allowed them to go further --
Anywhere within the town there are bottles of raised or smaller plastic.
Public water dispensers and water supply stations have also been expanded and upgraded.
Although plastic bottles still appear in recycling bins, Irene Stevens, a public information officer at Concord, said: \"It\'s definitely a lot less than what you see in other towns . \".
According to the 2011 National Park Service policy, bottled water sales in some national parks, including the Grand Canyon and Zion, have also been canceled.
But in August, after years of opposition from the bottled water industry, the Trump administration ended the ban, which argued that it removed water from its shelves while leaving unhealthy sweet drinks
Senator Kallos said Trump\'s decision prompted him to take action.
He said he wanted to ban disposable plastic bottles because he tried to buy one himself when he was traveling in San Francisco a few years ago but was told he couldn\'t.
So he bought a reusable bottle.
What he\'s doing now in New York.
\"You can see plastic bottles everywhere,\" he said . \"
\"It makes New York look like a dump and we can do better.
\"This is not the first time New York has taken a stand on plastic bottles.
On 2008, Christine C. , Speaker of the city council.
Quinn stopped buying bottled water for Parliament offices.
A 2009 state executive order prohibits state agencies from buying bottled water to save taxpayers\' money and improve the environment.
The city is also targeting other plastic waste.
In 2016, the committee tried to encourage shoppers to give up plastic shopping bags by charging 5 cents for most plastic and shopping bags.
But the law was blocked by state lawmakers last year, and some of them believe it imposed progressive taxes on the poor and the government. Andrew M. Cuomo. Mr. Kallos and Mr.
Espinal said their proposed ban on the sale of plastic bottles is more limited than the cost of plastic bags and is unlikely to be disturbed by state councillors.
General Assembly spokesman Carl E White Land
Mr. Heastie said,
Heastie, a Democrat from the Bronx, has yet to see the proposed ban, \"the speaker has always said that the city has the ability to enact a ban on unnecessary plastic waste. ”Mr. Kallos and Mr.
Espinal said they will launch a bill next week detailing the details of the proposed ban. Mr.
Traders in urban leisure areas may be punished for selling plastic bottles, including canceling their offer, Kallos said.
Corey Johnson, the City Council speaker and Democrat, said he would review the bills.
\"Personally, I drink as much water as I can from Mason jars to reduce waste, and I am committed to finding the best way to protect our planet,\" he said . \".
City park officials referred inquiries about the proposed ban to Mayor Bill de Blasio\'s office, which said it would not comment on the bill until it was introduced. Mr.
Democrat de Blasio supports 5-
Cents for plastic bags and calls for a ban on plastic bags, unlike plastic bottles that can be recycled, plastic bags cannot be recycled.
\"The mayor has made it clear that New York City needs a full ban on plastic bags --
To help protect our environment and benefit New Yorkers, \"said Seth Stein, spokesman for the mayor.
Former City Park Commissioner Adrian Benepe said he has practical concerns about the ban on plastic bottles in city parks.
Outdoor water dispensers are closed in winter and are not always available in more remote areas, he noted.
This ban may prompt the supplier to turn to the glass container, which is more difficult to clean when the glass container breaks.
\"In principle, I support this idea, but there are both assets and shortcomings,\" he said . \".
Nevertheless, many parks
The audience said they welcomed the ban.
Marcos picchado, a 19-year-old college student from the Lower East Side, said it was important that people had water to drink, not plastic.
\"As long as it doesn\'t hurt society, I don\'t mind if it\'s in a glass or a cardboard box . \"
Pichardo said while walking in Central Park.
Movie makers Julie and Kurt Neil from Dallas say they bought bottled water while filming documentaries in the city, but are willing --
If there is some reluctance
Give up to protect the environment.
\"I want convenience . \"Neale said.
\"But I think we are facing a major problem with plastics on a global scale.
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