Did Coca-Cola Trash The Grand Canyon’s Plastic Bottle Ban?

It’s good to see the mainstream media calling foul on some corporate dirty work. Karin Kline writes in the LA Times:

240px-The_Coca-Cola_Company_logoGrand Canyon National Park was just about to impose a ban on single-use plastic water bottles — the most common form of trash found along its trails — when the plan was suddenly put on hold, the New York Times reported. The paper raises the possibility that Coca-Cola Co. was able to get a sympathetic ear at the National Parks Foundation because the company, which bottles Dasani water, is a major donor.

This isn’t a radical new idea. Zion National Park already has a ban. The park provides “hydration stations” for people to refill their reusable bottles, as the Grand Canyon park would have.

The story included a strange comment from a Coca-Cola spokeswoman, who said that bans on single-use plastic bottles are never the answer, and that recycling would resolve the problem. What does Coca-Cola propose to do, place recycling stations every 50 feet in the wilderness? Those bottles aren’t being tossed because people refuse to recycle. They’re littering the trails because too many people find it too hard to pack out an empty bottle that weighs in at a few grams…

[continues in the LA Times]

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  • Xxxxx

    Littering below the rim at Grand Canyon is definitely not cool!

  • Xxxxx

    Littering below the rim at Grand Canyon is definitely not cool!

  • Mamagrff50

    Yet another example of Money talks…common sense walks.                 Pretty sh*tty, huh?

  • Mamagrff50

    Yet another example of Money talks…common sense walks.                 Pretty sh*tty, huh?

  • Mr Willow

    . . . Coca-Cola Co. was able to get a sympathetic ear. . .

    . . . plugged with a roll of hundreds. *cha-ching*

  • Mr Willow

    . . . Coca-Cola Co. was able to get a sympathetic ear. . .

    . . . plugged with a roll of hundreds. *cha-ching*

  • Rodneypopper

    I think that Coca-Cola is onto something… That’s right, use the Grand Canyon as a garbage dump. Now wait before you hippies all “freak out”, it really is just a big pit begging to be filled. And lets face it, everyone knows it’s an eyesore, a huge cumstain on the beautiful fabric that is “America”. So join me and petition your local corporate representative (ie legislator) and for once lets do the responsible thing!

  • Rodneypopper

    I think that Coca-Cola is onto something… That’s right, use the Grand Canyon as a garbage dump. Now wait before you hippies all “freak out”, it really is just a big pit begging to be filled. And lets face it, everyone knows it’s an eyesore, a huge cumstain on the beautiful fabric that is “America”. So join me and petition your local corporate representative (ie legislator) and for once lets do the responsible thing!

  • Byebyegrandcanyon

    Good ol’ Jon Jarvis does have a price. Greasing Jarvis’ pocket was just the first step.  Muhtar Kent and Coke now own the Grand Canyon.  The question is when do they really cash out and sell it off/and or manage it as a uranium or toxic waste dumping ground. You put in 13 million and not expect any ‘return’ in the future….I don’t think so.  It is a very beautiful place but technically it is massive hole in the ground.  Guess New Mexico is finally running out of room to hide all the runoff from Los Alamos

  • Byebyegrandcanyon

    Good ol’ Jon Jarvis does have a price. Greasing Jarvis’ pocket was just the first step.  Muhtar Kent and Coke now own the Grand Canyon.  The question is when do they really cash out and sell it off/and or manage it as a uranium or toxic waste dumping ground. You put in 13 million and not expect any ‘return’ in the future….I don’t think so.  It is a very beautiful place but technically it is massive hole in the ground.  Guess New Mexico is finally running out of room to hide all the runoff from Los Alamos

  • jelyfish

    Blame the people who litter not what they litter.

  • jelyfish

    Blame the people who litter not what they litter.

  • jelyfish

    Blame the people who litter not what they litter.

  • Simiantongue

    Coca Cola lobbyists working hard to invigorate that Grand Canyon tourist customer base. What’s all this nonsense about national treasure when there is profit at stake here? Rocks and canyons aren’t treasure, money is. Clearly. Anyway, you’ve never experienced the Grand Canyon if you can’t afford to see it from a private jet at 20,000 feet. You people just have to understand the real beauty of the Grand Canyon through the perspective of the corporate collage.

    What is the admiration of the aesthetic beauty of the Grand Canyon, which is relatively shallow, compared to the deeper meaning of bringing the taste of high fructose corn syrup flavored Coca Cola to the lips of some parched hikers lips? The pleasure of a carbonated tingle across the palate of some paying customer is far deeper in meaning than any philosophy about the preservation of the so called “natural inheritance” of everyone both present and future. Can’t you all see how silly you are being?

  • Simiantongue

    Coca Cola lobbyists working hard to invigorate that Grand Canyon tourist customer base. What’s all this nonsense about national treasure when there is profit at stake here? Rocks and canyons aren’t treasure, money is. Clearly. Anyway, you’ve never experienced the Grand Canyon if you can’t afford to see it from a private jet at 20,000 feet. You people just have to understand the real beauty of the Grand Canyon through the perspective of the corporate collage.

    What is the admiration of the aesthetic beauty of the Grand Canyon, which is relatively shallow, compared to the deeper meaning of bringing the taste of high fructose corn syrup flavored Coca Cola to the lips of some parched hikers lips? The pleasure of a carbonated tingle across the palate of some paying customer is far deeper in meaning than any philosophy about the preservation of the so called “natural inheritance” of everyone both present and future. Can’t you all see how silly you are being?

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