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First California Banned Straws, Wait Till You See What They Want To Ban Next

Jeff Katz
May 30, 2019 - 4:16 pm

Those little shampoo bottles offered in hotel bathrooms, usually used once or twice and then thrown away, could be the next thing to go in California.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban hotels from providing guests with small plastic bottles for soap, shampoo and conditioner. The proposed law, which would go into effect in 2023, would instead encourage hotels to provide the products in bulk dispensers to reduce plastic waste.

Assembly Member Ash Kalra of San Jose co-authored the bill, known as AB 1162, which would apply to all lodging establishments. Kalra said that small plastic bottles under 12 ounces represent a sizable amount of waste and that his bill would reduce the problem.

"By not offering small bottles of personal care products, hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments can promote a more sustainable business and potentially reduce operating costs," he said. "AB 1162 will take meaningful action to curb single-use plastic consumption in the lodging industry and increase consumer awareness."

This comes in the wake of California banning the use of plastic straws as a growing movement to eliminate single-use plastics. California has been at the forefront of these bans and became the first state to ban plastic bags in 2014. New York state moved to do the same last month.