For Immediate Release
July 17, 2023
LAX Public Relations
Guests Encouraged To Bring Reusable Water Bottles To Fill Up At Airport Hydration Stations
(Los Angeles) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has prohibited the sale of single-use plastic water bottles at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY) as part of its bold sustainability plan to reduce plastic waste at LAWA facilities and move toward zero waste.
"The climate crisis is a great challenge facing our city, and phasing out single-use plastic water bottles at LAWA facilities is an important step to reducing our environmental footprint and protecting the health and livelihood of all Angelenos,” said Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass. “I want to thank LAWA for serving as a leader among airports around the world working to achieve a more sustainable future.”
In June 2021, as part of L.A.’s Green New Deal, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) unanimously approved phasing out single-use plastic water bottles by June 30, 2023. The two-year phase-out period allowed airport businesses to use up inventories of plastic water bottles and modify purchasing contracts before switching to compliant products.
Under the policy, LAWA and businesses with lease or concession agreements at LAX and VNY are required to substitute single-use plastic water bottles with containers made from sustainable alternatives, including recyclable aluminum or glass. In addition to restaurants, concessions and lounges, the policy also applies to vending machine providers and airport events. Pre-packaged single-use plastic bottles of all sizes containing non-carbonated and unflavored purified water, spring water, mineral water, artesian water, well water, tap water, and electrolyte-enhanced water are subject to the policy. Bottled water served onboard aircraft is exempt.
In anticipation of the ban on single-use plastic water bottles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worked in partnership with LAWA to install additional hydration stations throughout LAX's terminals to provide passengers with convenient access to drinking water. The hydration stations are currently maintained by the LAWA Facilities Management Division and are inspected and repaired as part of a regular maintenance program.
“We encourage our guests to help us reach our goal of eliminating plastic waste at the airport by bringing a reusable water bottle and filling it up at one of our many hydration stations,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “Eliminating single-use plastic water bottles is essential to improving our environment and enhancing sustainability across our airports.”
Waste reduction and water management are just two important elements of LAWA's Sustainability Action Plan, which includes plans for LAX and Van Nuys Airport to achieve net zero in the following areas by the year 2045: no potable water consumed for non-potable uses, and zero carbon emissions from LAWA operations. LAWA is also committed to using 100% renewable electricity by 2045. Learn more about these sustainability initiatives at www.lawa.org/lawa-sustainability.
LAX, the sixth-busiest airport in the world serving nearly 66 million guests in 2022, is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary, revenue-generating department of the City of Los Angeles that also governs Van Nuys Airport (VNY). As the international gateway to the Southern California region, LAX and its partners are dedicated to meeting global airport standards for customer satisfaction, safety, regional economic leadership, organizational performance and sustainability.
To better serve the millions of domestic and international guests that travel through LAX each year, the airport is undergoing a multi-billion-dollar capital improvement program to modernize its entire campus. Initiatives underway include an Automated People Mover, a Consolidated Rental Car Facility and two projects that will each add over one million square feet to the airport's existing property: Terminal 9 and Concourse 0. For more information about LAX, its transformation and its environmental, social and local workforce commitments, please visit flylax.com. Follow LAX on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.
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