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Ban on plastic toiletries

California is an environmental front runner. In 2014 it is the first US state to ban plastic bags. Now it is moving again early. The beginning of the end of plastic single-use toiletries seems to be in sight. California will ban plastic bottles under 12 ounces (355 ml) from hotels. The ban will take effect in 2023.

Plastic single-use toiletries

On October 9, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signs a bill banning those toiletries from hotels. The ban will apply to hotels only. It will not impact other facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, residential retirement communities, prisons, or homeless shelters.

Hotels that don’t comply with the ban will be subject to a fine. They can limit the fine on the first violation if they act immediately by removing the small bottles.

Warning along with a fine

They will be given a warning along with a $500 fine for each day the hotel is in violation. Any second or subsequent violations will result in a $2,000 fine.

California’s move is not an isolated action. Many cities and companies are moving to ban single-use plastics such as water bottles in airports, straws and grocery bags.

Sizable amount of waste

California state assembly member Ash Kalra of San Jose is a co-author of the bill. He observes that small plastic bottles under 12 ounces cause a sizable amount of waste. Therefore, he believes his law will help reduce the problem.

Ash Kalra

Ash Kalra

Passengers with carry-ons only

Flyers traveling with hand luggage only will not be happy due to the inconvenience the bill will cause. Items like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, body lotion, and so on are considered life threatening items at airport security checkpoints. Therefore, passengers are only allowed to take very small quantities of those items into the cabin.

Environmental effect undone

Thus, they will need to buy toiletries on their destination. Often they will only be able to buy large bottles. In those cases the bill’s favorable environmental effect will be undone. After all, travelers can only throw those bottles away when they get to the airport for the inbound flight.

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Tags: single-use toiletries, carry-on luggage, hotels

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