New York Gov. Cathy Hochhol has signed a bill prohibiting hotels from providing their guests with small plastic bottles less than 12 ounces containing hospitality personal care products such as body wash, shampoo and conditioner. Most hotels currently dispense their toiletries in 1- or 2-ounce bottles.
Hotels will have to switch to refillable dispensers and eco-friendly containers for all their body and hair care products.
The law will enter into force on January 1, 2024, and will impose a fine for violating this law. Hotels with fewer than 50 rooms will be given an additional year before the restrictions take effect.
Senator Todd Kaminsky, District 9 D-9, applauded his autograph.
“Simple and sensible actions such as disposing of single-use plastic bottles in hotels can make a huge difference in protecting our environment for future generations,” Kaminsky said. “By working with the hospitality industry to prevent hotels from distributing single-use toiletries, we will remove more than 27 million small plastic bottles annually in New York City alone.
“I was proud to sponsor this legislation, which represents an important step in combating single-use plastic pollution, protecting our marine life and setting an example for our nation.”
California passed a law banning the use of small toiletry bottles in 2019. The California ban will take effect by 2023 for hotels with more than 50 rooms and 2024 for smaller rooms.