California Bans Hotels from Using Tiny Plastic Bottles

Hotels in California to Stop Using Small Shampoo Bottles under New Law

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law Wednesday that will stop hotels from giving guests small plastic bottles filled with shampoo, conditioner, or soap.

The law will take effect in 2023 for hotels with more than 50 rooms and 2024 for hotels with less than 50 rooms. The law stipulates a fine of $500 for a first offense and $2,000 for subsequent violations.

Gov. Newsom signed the law in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic waste.

Some of the world’s largest hotel chains have already established plans to stop using plastic bottles in their rooms. Marriot International, for instance, plans to stop using the bottles by December 2020. IHG said it will eliminate about 200 million small bottles by 2021.

Walt Disney Co. announced last year it would eliminate small plastic shampoo bottles at its resorts and cruise ships.

The State of California has already banned grocery stores from giving customers single-use plastic bags without charging a fee.