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Legislators Tweaking Proposal To Ban Sale Of Plastic Water Bottles In San Francisco

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Empty water bottles (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Empty water bottles (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Legislation in San Francisco to ban the sale of water in plastic bottles is undergoing some tweaks. With the proposal banning sales on all city property, the City’s Small Business Commission is expressing serious reservations about the proposal.

Commissioner Mark Dwight said it would push people to buy more soda even though the Board of Supervisors is simultaneously considering a tax to reduce soda consumption.

Dwight said the unintended consequences from the proposed law are “quite significant” and that it needs to be further scrutinized before getting signed.

Julie Bryant with the San Francisco Department of the Environment said a lot of harm is caused by plastic bottles, calling them, “Far and away, the number one pollutant in our San Francisco water system in the Bay.”

Supervisor David Chiu, the sponsor of the ban, has begun introducing some amendments. They would give large non-profit events and mobile food vendors more time to comply if the measure becomes law.

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