Following in the footsteps of San Francisco International Airport and Dubai International Airport, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is poised to stop offering single-use plastics in the bustling facility.
In the future, travelers flying in and out of the airport won't have access to single-use plastics such as straws, polystyrene or plastic bags. This is the result of the Atlanta City Council passing new legislation banning the access of single-use plastics to consumers.
The bill won't go into effect until December of next year, and the mayor still needs to sign off on it, though she is a big supporter of the plan and is expected to sign it soon.
While it's a step in the right direction, don't expect to see a plastic-free airport in Atlanta just yet. The ban on plastics will only be valid for new vendor contracts with the airport. Some contracts are up to ten years long. Also, since the legislation is aimed at the airport and not airlines per se, companies like Delta can still use plastic, though the Atlanta-based legacy carrier has already pledged to reduce consumption of single-use plastics on its own accord.
In August, San Francisco International Airport announced a ban on single-use plastic water bottles as part of its aim to produce zero waste. Other airports around the globe are trying to ditch single-use plastics as well. In June, Dubai International Airport signed off on a single-use plastic ban that will take effect beginning January 1 of next year. And last year, Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport announced that it would also get rid of single-use plastic products, with the aim of being a single-use plastic-free airport by the end of 2019.