California Bans Hotels From Offering Small Plastic Bottles | Political Junkie

Maricruz Casares
Octubre 12, 2019

California has banned the use of small plastic shampoo bottles in hotels. On the first violation, a written warning will be given along with a $500 fine for each day the lodging establishment is in violation, according to the bill.

This will apply to more that 515,000 hotel rooms in California, which is the nation's most populous state. Subsequent violations will be $2,000.

The ban on plastic bottles holding less than six ounces will go into effect on January 1, 2023 for hotels with more than 50 rooms, and one year after that for hotels with 50 or fewer rooms.

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Assembly Member Ash Kalra of San Jose co-authored the bill, known as AB 1162.

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that he signed a law, which is banning hotels from providing guests with plastic bottles, shampoos, conditioners as well as soap. Marriott International is aiming to eliminate small plastic bottles at all its hotels by December 2020, while IHG, the owner of Holiday Inn and other hotels, plans to eliminate close to 200 million small bottles by 2021.

The move comes after several hotel chains and entertainment companies have announced they were phasing out the small plastic bottles in an effort to reduce their plastic footprints. "By barring hotels from giving single-use plastic toiletries to customers, we are safeguarding our environment, and mitigating plastic waste and waterway pollution".

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