A bill banning hotels from providing small bottles of personal care products advanced this week in California amid concern that the containers are wasteful and environmentally unfriendly.
Assembly Bill 1162 advanced in a 6-3 vote, with two members abstaining, in the National Resources Committee on Monday.
Introduced in February by assembly members Mark Stone and and Ash Kalra, the bill would prohibit any lodging establishment from providing small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, lotion or other personal care products in a guest room, any space within a guest room or any area that is shared by the public and guests.
The ban includes hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals and applies to plastic bottles smaller than 12 ounces that are “intended to be non reusable.”
The measure would not apply to hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, schools or long-term rentals. The bill would go into effect Jan. 1, 2023, and authorize a state or local agency to inspect accommodations to enforce the ban.
Upon first violation of the bill, the accommodation would receive a written warning and the Natural Resources Committee recommended that subsequent violations result in fines of up to $2,000.
Kalra said that all options must be considered when it comes to reducing waste and pollution. Collectively, he said, small plastic bottles represent a “sizeable amount of waste,” KSWB-TV reported.
“The amount of plastic produced is increasing exponentially, and we must consider all options to reduce this pollution from entering our waste streams,” Kalra said. “While it may not appear to be a problem on an individual level, small plastic bottles that are less than 12 ounces represent a sizeable amount of waste collectively that the state must address.”
In December, the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors passed a similar ordinance, banning single-use plastic bottles of personal care products in hotel and motel rooms.