Big festivities on the San Francisco waterfront will no longer include the sale of plastic products or the release of balloons, as part of an effort to create “zero waste events.”
On Tuesday, the Port of San Francisco approved the new policy for events with attendance of 5,000 or more people. The new regulations are aimed at protecting San Francisco Bay by curbing the mass of plastic waste such events typically produce, including single-use water bottles, plastic food ware, merchandise and souvenirs.
The policy will still allow compostable food ware that meets certain requirements. The zero waste goal is being heavily encouraged for events smaller than 5,000 people. The Port Commission has the ability to grant waivers to big events for parts of the policy on a case-by-case basis.
The new regulations will apply to the America’s Cup regatta coming to The City this summer and in September 2013.