The Grand Canyon's on the Edge of Banning Plastic Water Bottles
December 19, 2011 at 9:44 AM
You better revise your list and ask Santa for one of those stainless steel water bottles, as there’s one place your plastic bottle is no longer welcome.
Initially the head honcho over at the National Park Service wasn’t totally cool with banning plastic bottles at the parks across the land, but now it sounds like things might move forward at places including the Grand Canyon. Parks considering getting ready of plastic need to do a few things first, however, including making a checklist to report how much waste they’ll eliminate, as well as the effect on businesses and other groups that benefit from selling stuff at the park.
So now the ban will move forward at Grand Canyon National Park—barring other objections—to be effective at some point next year. Of course you can still bring in a plastic bottle, but they won’t be selling any plastic bottles of any kind. Corporate sponsors like Coca-Cola aren’t exactly thrilled with the option, but we’ll see what happens. Zion National Park in Utah has had a ban for a few years now, and they seem to be doing fine with just drinking water from reusable containers.