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California to ban travel-size shampoo bottles from hotels

From 2023 you’ll no longer be able to raid a Californian hotel for its shampoo, the state’s governor having just signed a bill to ban hotels from supplying small amenity bottles to guests. 


California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill in an effort to reduce the amount of single use plastic being disposed of by hotels and guests, CNN reported. 


Hotels with more than 50 rooms will have until 2023 to phase out the use of the smaller, disposable amenity bottles, while hotels with less than 50 rooms have until 2024. 


Those that do not comply with the ban will receive a written warning and US$500 fine for each day the hotel is in violation, the bill states. If the hotel still doesn’t comply the fine is upped to US$2,000.


New York state is also looking to prohibit hotel plastics with a bill sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky. 


"Little everyday actions, like eliminating small plastic bottles, will have a positive impact on our environment," Kaminsky said. 


"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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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 11 October 2019

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