Plastic Bottles going away at Yosemite?

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has announced that the Grand Canyon will join Zion and Hawaii Volcanoes in a ban of plastic water bottles sold at the park. The idea is to install water machines that visitors can use with their own bottles.

Will this be coming to Yosemite? Well, the current Superintendent at Gran Canyon is Dave Uberaga. You may recall he was the acting Super after Mike Tollefson retired and joined the Yosemite Conservancy. So Mr Uberaga may have some influence over at YNP. The purpose being to reduce waste and mitigate the environmental impacts created by individually packaged water. But soda bottles can still bought and chucked.


Unrelated thought worth quoting:Let me tell you how it will be. There’s one for you, 19 for me. Should 5% appear too small, be thankful I don’t Take it all. Cause I’m the taxman.” – The Beatles 

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2 Responses to Plastic Bottles going away at Yosemite?

  1. Maureen L says:

    I really like this idea!

    Lots of people still bring their own 1/2 liter water bottles to Zion, so the park still should be providing more recycling than it does.

    In Yosemite, the infrastructure of water bottle filling stations would have to be in place first. (There is one inside Degnan’s, but that’s the only one I know of.) It’s pretty hard to fill a water bottle in a bathroom sink!

    I also think the stores in the park could sell inexpensive “souvenir” water bottles for those who don’t come prepared.

    As long as they’re selling soda and juice in single serving plastic bottles, there will be many disposable bottles to recycle.

    But we should do what we can.

  2. Sönke says:

    Not a bad idea.

    Info according to GCNP NPS:

    “The waste associated with disposable bottles comprises an estimated 20 percent of the park’s overall waste stream and 30 percent of the park’s recyclables.”

    I assume similar figures would apply at YNP.

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