New York City is cracking down on plastic bottles
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order yesterday banning the sale of single-use plastic beverage bottles on city-owned and -leased properties — which means the bottles could vanish from an area nearly equivalent to a quarter of the city. The move also bars city agencies from purchasing or selling beverages packaged in single-use plastic containers.
昨日，紐約市市長白思豪（Bill de Blasio）簽署了一項行政命令，禁止在城市所有或租賃房產處出售一次性塑料飲料瓶——這意味著該市近四分之一的區域將不再出現塑料瓶。此舉還禁止城市機構購買或出售一次性塑料容器包裝的飲料。
The move would eliminate at least 1 million single-use plastic beverage bottles that the city buys each year, according to the executive order. It could also have wider-ranging effects since the city owns or leases over 17,000 properties spread over an area about twice the size of Manhattan (roughly 43,000 acres). That includes city parks — and, by extension, The Trump Organization's two skating rinks in Central Park and golf course in Ferry Point Park in the Bronx.
"We can change what normal is and get to a more sustainable future," Kallos says. "We don't have a choice because there is a climate emergency and we can show the right way to do it."
In 2017, Donald Trump ended restrictions on bottled water sales in US National Parks that had been in place since 2011. He's also rolled back dozens of environmental protections since taking office. The Verge reached out to The Trump Organization's golf course and ice rinks in Manhattan and did not receive a response by time of publication.
2017年，唐納德·特朗普（Donald Trump）結束了在一些國家公園售賣瓶裝水的限制（自2011年實施）。自上任以來，他還取消了數十項環境?；ご朧?。The Verge雜志試圖與特朗普集團位于曼哈頓的高爾夫球場及溜冰場負責人聯系，但截至本文發稿前，尚未得到任何回應。
The new ban in New York City would go into effect by January 1st, 2021. It applies to bottles 21 fluid ounces or less, according to the executive order. It's also important to note that New York City tap water is considered safe to drink, which makes the transition to reusable containers more feasible than in places like Flint, Michigan, where tap water has made residents sick.
PLASTIC POLLUTION IS COVERING THE PLANET
New York City would likely become the first municipality to limit plastic bottle sales for not just water, but all beverages. San Francisco decided in 2014 to stop selling bottled water on city property and expanded that policy to San Francisco International Airport last year.