The hospitality business has been hit with a number of new single-use plastic laws here in California, from the plastic straw ban in full service restaurants (AB 1884) to a proposed new law that would banish those mini bottles of toiletries from your hotel bathroom.
AB 1162, introduced by Assemblyman Ash Kalra, aims to rid hotels of all disposable toiletry containers by 2023. That means visitors would need to bring their own shampoos, mouthwash, etc. — or the hotels will have to switch to wall dispensers for these products. Violators of the proposed law would be punished with a $25 daily fine.
In 2018, Marriott International committed to the cause, citing environmental and cost-saving reasons, and the city of Santa Cruz also followed suit.
If the law passes, the California Hotel Lodging Association has requested for the bill to go into effect Jan. 1, 2025, for hotels with more than 50 rooms and 2026 for those with fewer than 50 rooms.
Follow the status of the AB 1162 bill at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1162
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