6 February 2012
Grand Canyon National Park-- After National Park Director Jon Jarvis nixed the proposal for a single-use plastic water ban last year, the National Park Service announced a reversal of that decision on Monday, February 6th, and will be instituting a ban on plastic bottles in Grand Canyon State Park.
The ban, which is supposed to be implemented in less than 30 days, on less-than-one gallon bottles and different kinds of boxes is hoped to eliminate the source of 20 percent of the park's waste stream and 30 percent of its recyclables.
Grand Canyon National Park’s plan to eliminate selling of plastic bottles within the park was submitted and approved under the policy issued by Director Jarvis on December 14, 2011. The policy permitted parks to eliminate in-park sales following an analysis and approval by the park’s regional director.
Read the Grand Canyon National Park analysis of potential impacts/ effects of the water bottle ban.
John Wessels, National Park Service Intermountain Regional director said of the ban, "Our parks should set the standard for resource protection and sustainability.” Director Jarvis see this as "another example of the National Park Service’s commitment to being an exemplar of the ways we can all reduce our imprint on the land as we embrace sustainable practices that will protect the parks for generations to come.”
The ACA applauds the National Park Service’s efforts, not only for the health of our National Parks and rivers, but also for the health of our global waters. Plastics make up more than 60% of all debris that makes its way into our oceans, contributing to the ever-growing problem of marine debris that is one of the biggest threats to water quality and wildlife.
Read the press release by the National Park Service here.