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Tiny Bottle Ban Coming to California Hotels and Motels

Oct. 10, 2019, 12:31 PM

Get used to sharing shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles with hotel guests or start bringing them from home if traveling to California hotels and motels.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Oct. 9 signed AB1162, which bans hotels from providing shampoo, conditioner, and bath soap bottles that are less than 6 ounces in hotel rooms.

It is the first statewide prohibition of its kind in the nation.

Lodging establishments with more than 50 rooms must comply by 2023, and those under 50 by 2024, or risk fines, capped at $2,000 annually.

Supporters of the bill say the tiny bottle ban will reduce waste. One hotel room alone can account for distribution of up to 1,000 of the small bottles each year.

A similar Santa Cruz County ban will take effect at the end of 2020.

Change Starting Worldwide

Hotel chains across the globe are already making changes to their tiny bottle policies.

Marriott International Inc. announced in August it would replace single-use toiletry bottles with larger, multi-use bottles by December. The company already made the switch at 1,000 hotels in North America.

The California Attractions and Parks Association, California Hotel & Lodging Association, California Travel Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Plastic Pollution Coalition and 14 other groups supported the bill, authored by Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D).

It had no registered opposition from business groups, residents, or others.

Newsom also Oct. 9 signed these bills:

  • A.B. 658 Allows groundwater sustainability agencies to apply for and receive temporary permits to divert surface water for underground storage to increase groundwater basin sustainability.
  • A.B. 187 Amends the state’s used mattress and recovery act including amending the act to require CalRecycle to establish goals for the mattress program to increase customer convenience, encourage source reduction, and reduce illegal dumping.
  • A.B. 729 Increases the minimum fine for violating California’s carpet recycling laws from $1,000 per day to $5,000 per day.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emily C. Dooley at edooley@bloombergenvironment.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergenvironment.com; Renee Schoof at rschoof@bloombergenvironment.com