After January 1, 2023, California hotels will no longer be able to provide tiny toiletries in their bathrooms. Photo by Unsplash.

Governor Newsom signed a bill Wednesday that bans all travel-size toiletries from California lodging establishments. Set to take effect in 2023, AB 1162 will fine any hotels using plastic bottles under 12 ounces. Hotels with less than 50 rooms have until 2024 to comply with the new law.

Violations will come with written warnings and $500 fines for EACH DAY the hotels are out of compliance. Subsequent violations are set at $2,000 apiece.

Hotel chains such as Marriott have already begun to make the change, vowing to have wall-mounted dispensers or larger bottles of toiletries in their hotels by December of this year. Walt Disney Co. has promised to take similar action on its cruise ships and resort hotels. Holiday Inn, Kimpton and InterContinental hotels are also following suit throughout their entire chains.

The bill was opposed by Personal Care Products Council , arguing it would hurt personal care companies.

Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) remarked on Twitter: “This bill moves us one step closer to phasing out single use plastic in our society.”


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