Cali plastics ban
CALIFORNIA Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law a ban on single-use toiletry bottles in hotels from 2023.
Initially focusing on properties of 50 rooms or more, the ban will extend to all hotels in 2024, and sees a $500 fine for each day a property is in violation.
A $2,000 fine will incur for any subsequent violations.
California is the first US state to impose a ban, with assemblyman Ash Kalra, who sponsored the bill, explaining, “single-use products like those tiny plastic bottles commonly provided in hotel rooms represent a sizable amount of waste that can be easily eliminated through more costeffective and environmentally friendly alternatives”.
The law is supported by the California Hotel and Lodging Association, with the state also being the first to ban plastic bags, which it did in 2014.