Organizations, Venues and Others That Have Banned Sales or Use of Plastic PET Bottles




  • The Department of Interior has announced they will phase out single-use plastic products on Department-managed lands by 2032.

  • The 15 towns that make up Cape Cod have adopted a ban on the sale of bottled water on municipal property and 11 have now adopted a ban on commercial sales.

  • Lake County, Michigan, board adopts policy banning the use of single-use plastics at its operations by Jan. 1, 2023.  

  • New York city ends “Unnecessary Single-Use plastic.”  

  • New York State Gov. Hocul Executive Order - Bottled Water Procurement Ban.

  • Santa Cruz County bans single-use plastic water bottles  





  • College of the Atlantic has committed to stop using single-use plastic by 2025.

  • Belmont University discontinues the sale of bottled water.

  • University of California, Berkeley has committed "to eliminating all non-essential single-use plastic with viable alternatives by 2030. This target, adopted by Chancellor Carol Christ, makes history by being the most comprehensive ban of plastic by an institution and the country’s strongest ban on single-use plastic. Unlike other plastic bans, UC Berkeley’s initiative goes beyond previously existing plastic reduction targets focused on foodware and plastic bags, and addresses the spectrum of products and packaging used in campus academics, research, administration, and events.” 

  • University of California has a new policy that will "transition UC away from plastic bags in retail and dining locations and eventually eliminate single-use plastic food service items and plastic bottles.”

  • Durham Technical Community College is the first college in the country and first college in North Carolina to sign the ‘Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge’ to eliminate single-use disposable plastic.

  • Eckerd College has prohibited spending on non-essential single-use plastic since January 2020.

  • George Washington University commits to single-use-plastic ban on campus. 

  • Lafayette College Student Government passed a resolution calling for a cessation of the sale and distribution of plastic bottles on campus.

  • Macalaster College banned single use plastic water bottles in 2011. 

  • Marshall University has signed a pledge to remove plastic from their campus by 2026. 

  • NYU to halt spending on plastic bottles by 2020. 

  • College of St. Benedict banned the sale of plastic bottled water anyway where on campus in 2011. 

  • Sterling College has removed vending machines and any disposable dishes or utensils in effort to move away from plastic waste and while complying to the Vermont Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) which bans the disposal of PET plastic containers. 

  • SUNY New Paltz is reducing plastic consumption by switching to aluminum canned beverages wherever possible.

  • The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse has replaced plastic products aluminum options in its vending machines, beginning spring 2021, after signing the #breakfreefromplastic campus pledge as part of an effort to remove all single-use plastic items. 

  • Washington University in St. Louis bans sale of plastic bottles in 2009 in all retail outlets and vending machines.

  • Vanderbilt University has added PepsiCo products which allows the university to make larger strides towards its zero-waste goal by eliminating all plastic beverage bottles. PepsiCo beverage products will be available in glass and aluminum packaging. Other sustainable options including compostable cups, lids and straws will also be used. 


  • Convenience store Choice Market has committed to no longer selling single-use PET bottles by 2021.

  • Facebook is banning single-use plastic water bottles from new campuses: Burlingame, Fremont, San Francisco and Sunnyvale. 

  • Health club operator Life Time to stop selling water in plastic bottles. 

  • Mom’s Organic Market stopped selling plastic water bottles in 2010.

  • PCC Community Markets Takes Another Step to Reduce Single-Use Plastics.

  • Sony Pictures Entertainment "will make strides towards more sustainable productions as it seeks to rid single-use plastic and cut a quarter of its greenhouse gas emissions across business functions by 2025.” 


  • No single use plastic on Virgin’s new cruise line.

  • Steamboat Resort will stop selling single-use plastic bottles.   


  • Water brand SOURCE chose cans for its Llanllyr sparkling and still water. The brand has stopped producing plastic packaging across its range and anticipates that all plastic will be out of distribution by the end of the year. 

  • John Ball Zoo said that at the beginning of 2020 it will no longer serve plastic bottles. “Plastic soft drink bottles will be replaced by canned beverages or fountain drinks, according to a press release from the zoo. Water in plastic bottles will be replaced by Boxed Water is Better. All the vending machines at the zoo will be stocked with recyclable aluminum cans.”