The state of New York is poised to wage war against the placement of single-use toiletries in hotels, with Long Island Democratic Senator Todd Kaminsky leading a campaign to ban the amenities in hotels in partnership with a host of lawmakers, according to the Independent.
Kaminsky is targetting all New York accommodations with more than 50 rooms and, if the campaign is successful, the law will go into effect in 2023 and smaller hotels will be made to follow by the following year.
The group reckons the change could eliminate about 27.4 million plastic bottles annually.
The idea is to have hotels provide refillable, wall-mounted dispensers or reusable bulk containers instead of miniature soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion bottles.
“By barring hotels from giving single-use plastic toiletries to customers, we are safeguarding our environment, and mitigating plastic waste and waterway pollution,” Kaminsky's proposal reads.
California is also pursuing something similar at the moment and lawmakers are in the process of negotiating one of the US's strictest proposed laws against plastic pollution. If the law goes into effect, any business found to be offering single-use containers could face fines of up to $2,000 for repeat infractions.
The law isn't likely to upset major hotel chains like the Marriot and IHG as they've both confirmed that they will eliminate the use of such plastics by 2021. Other companies within the industry have also started implementing measures to aid them in moving away from small toiletry containers too.
Travelers, however, don't appear to be as convinced and some of them have reasonable concerns over quality control as it relates to bulk delivery. There are also doubts about the real reason for the shift, with legitimate cries over hotels taking away single-use plastics in an effort to cut cost while pretending to care about the environment.
Whatever the motive is, though, there's no doubt that eliminating such products in hotels would help curb pollution. Quality standards just need to be maintained.