The time-honored tradition of stashing small bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion in your carry-on when staying at hotels could soon just be one of those legends we tell our grandchildren about. That’s because it might soon be time to say goodbye to single-use toiletries at some hotels around the country. California is currently considering a statewide ban on those mini toiletries so many of us love. A bill was passed last week that specifically goes after the mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and moisturizer that are supplied by hotels. It’s being done as part of a move to reduce the overall use of plastics in the state and cut down on plastic waste.
All lodging establishments within California would be affected by the new bill that bans the use of single-use toiletries. That includes hotels, motels and resorts. Even holiday apartments would be banned from supplying single-use toiletries.
What alternative will lodging establishments have to use?
They will be permitted to offer bulk dispensers instead of containers that are intended for single-use applications.
Governor Gavin Newsom now has the task of deciding whether or not he wants to sign a bill that bans single-use toiletries into law. He could also allow the bill to pass without placing his signature on it or decide to veto the idea.
What kind of penalty can lodging establishments expect to face if the bill does become law?
Fines of up to $2,000 will be used to punish establishments that break the rule more than once. This isn’t the first time that the idea of banning single-use toiletries at hotels has been explored in California. However, it is the first time that imposing a statewide ban has been explored. Santa Cruz’s local government recently voted in a ban that prohibits lodging establishments from offering single-use toiletries to guests. That rule will become effective on Dec. 31 of 2020.
Hotels aren’t necessarily waiting for the government to tell them that it’s time to reduce waste and cut down on the use of plastics. Marriott has been leading the way when it comes to trying to reduce waste. The hotel chain already announced that it will be swapping single-use bottles for bulk dispensers at hundreds of its properties around the world. Marriott already recycles unused soap and is in the process of eliminating plastic straws at all of its properties around the globe.
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