California is back at its game of banning everything and this time the extremist nanny scolds in the Golden State want to ban hotels from giving guests those little plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion.
The bill, introduced by two Democrats, Assemblymen Ash Kalra and Mark Stone, is meant to reduce plastic waste.
“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, according to KSWB-TV.
“While it may not appear to be a problem on an individual level, small plastic bottles that are less than 12-ounces represent a sizable amount of waste collectively that the state must address,” Kalra added.
The bill would ban all room rental businesses from distributing toiletries in plastic containers smaller than 12 ounces.
Of course, the state would create a whole new policing force to bring the hammer down on the state’s hotel industry.
Then there are the punitive fines of $500 for each first offense up to $2,000 a year.
All this will cost millions in new taxes, naturally.
The state wide ban would echo one already put in place in Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors passed a local ordinance to ban the plastic containers that will take effect on the first day of 2021.
Still, some hotel chains are already trying to cut the amount of plastic used. As Fox 5 adds, “Marriott International already announced plans to install bulk dispensers in 450 of its properties, including the Ritz-Carlton. According to the bill analysis, Marriott estimates the change will cut its plastic use by 250 pounds per hotel, for a total of 113,000 pounds globally.”
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