Atlanta City Council bans plastic at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

4 December 2019 (Last Updated December 4th, 2019 10:47)

Atlanta City Council in the US has approved a legislation banning the city and contractors from using non-compostable single-use plastic items.

Atlanta City Council bans plastic at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
Atlanta City Council approves single-use plastic ban at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. Credit: Trosmisiek.

Atlanta City Council in the US has approved a legislation banning the city and contractors from using non-compostable single-use plastic items.

The plastic ban is applicable to all terminals of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The ban extends to the purchase and procurement of single-use plastics such as plastic bags, polystyrene and plastic straws.

Council member Amir Farokhi stated: “This bill is as much about us catching up to consumer expectations as it is about leading.

“I’m proud of this bill and today’s vote, but there is more to do before we can stake a claim to being ahead of the curve on sustainability. I think there is a shared understanding of this fact.

“So, I hope that this bill is a first step and not the last word. Sustainability and climate change are defining challenges of our time. Inaction is unacceptable.”

The legislation was approved unanimously and will now be signed by the mayor.

Last week, the airport installed a restroom management system to offer an improved passenger experience.

Many airports across the globe have banned single-use plastic in an attempt to achieve environmental sustainability.

In August, San Francisco International Airport announced a ban on single-use plastic water bottles from 20 August 2019 as part of its zero-waste initiative.

In June, Dubai Airports revealed its decision to ban single-use plastics from its consumer spaces. The ban will be effective from 1 January 2020.

Last year, Delhi International Airport in India announced it will ban single-use plastic products at Indira Gandhi International Airport, aiming to make the airport plastic-free by the end of 2019.