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National park ban saved 2m plastic bottles – and still Trump reversed it

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  • Trump administration reversed ban in August despite environmental protest
  • Activists say plastic is biggest threat to environment after climate change

A ban on bottled water in 23 national parks prevented up to 2m plastic bottles from being used and discarded every year, a US national park service study found. That is equivalent to up to 326 barrels of oil worth of emissions, 419 cubic yards of landfill space and 111,743lb of plastic, according to the May study.

Despite that, the Trump administration reversed the bottled water ban just three months later, a decision that horrified conservationists and pleased the bottled water industry.

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