Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, has signed a bill into law banning hotels from supplying guest’s individual plastic toiletry bottles. This won’t be applied for a few years, although This can take impact in 2023 for hotels with more than 50 rooms and impact in 2024 for hotels with less than 50 rooms.
With this, violators could be fined $500 for the first violation and $2,000 for subsequent violations.
In theory, I understand the concept of giving smaller hotels more time than more prominent hotels since this might be more of a financial burden for them. However, if they’re serious about this, why give hotels four to five years to implement this? This shouldn’t take that long.
That is only the latest move by California to reduce plastic waste. In past years the state has banned grocery stores from giving plastic bags without charging a price, and besides, prevents restaurants from giving out plastic straws without them being specifically requested.
While California is the primary state to ban individual plastic toiletries, this follows a couple of significant hotel groups asserting related (voluntary) initiatives recently in July 2019, IHG announced that they’d eradicate single-use toiletries by 2021; this will remove about 200 million bottles annually, In August 2019, Marriott announced that they’d eliminate single-use toiletries by December 2020; this can eliminate nearly 500 million bottles annually