New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Thursday banning the sale of disposable plastic beverage bottles on properties owned and rented in the city – meaning they could disappear from almost a quarter of the city,media reported. The move also prohibits city agencies from buying or selling beverages packaged in disposable plastic containers.
Under the executive order, the move would eliminate the city’s purchase of at least one million disposable plastic beverage bottles a year. Since the city owns or leases more than 17,000 properties, about twice the size of Manhattan (about 43,000 acres), it could have a broader impact. These include City Park, as well as the expanded Trump Group’s two ice rinks in Central Park and the Golf Course at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx.
New York City Councilman Ben Kallos introduced two bills in 2018 that would prevent the city from selling disposable plastic bottles on city real estate. He is still urging the city council to pass legislation to codify the ban in case other mayors try to rescind Mr. Beth’s executive order. “We can change the normal situation and achieve a more sustainable future,” Says Kallos. We have no choice because of a climate emergency, and we can show Trump the right thing. “
In 2017, Donald Trump ended a six-year ban on the sale of bottled water in some U.S. national parks. Since taking office, he has also eliminated dozens of environmental protection measures. The Verge contacted the Trump Group’s golf course and ice rink in Manhattan, but received no response at the time of writing.
Under the executive order, New York City’s new ban will take effect on January 1, 2021. The ban applies to bottles with 21 ounces or less of liquid ounces, with some exceptions “in the absence of reusable options.” It is also important to note that tap water in New York City is considered safe to drink, making the transition to reusable containers more feasible than elsewhere.
New York City could be the first city to restrict the sale of plastic bottles. San Francisco decided in 2014 to stop selling bottled water on city properties and extended the policy to San Francisco International Airport last year. Concord, Mass., passed a city ordinance in 2012 that prohibits the sale of bottled water anywhere in the town.
“They are hurting the planet,” Mr Beth-howe said as he signed the executive order. We don’t need them. It’s time to get rid of them. “