Contact Us
Bedford Daily Voice serves Bedford, Bedford Hills & Katonah
Return to your home site

Menu

Bedford Daily Voice serves Bedford, Bedford Hills & Katonah
Politics

Move To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bottle Toiletries Gains Steam In New York

New York lawmakers are taking steps to ban single-use plastic bottle toiletries in hotels.
New York lawmakers are taking steps to ban single-use plastic bottle toiletries in hotels. Photo Credit: Amazon

Tiny plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash in hotels may soon be a thing of the past in New York as lawmakers continue efforts to reduce plastic waste statewide.

Long Island Sen. Todd Kaminsky announced a proposal this week that would prohibit hotels from providing patrons with single-use plastic toiletries. Instead, guests may see wall-mounted dispensers, multi-use bottles or non-plastic containers used.

It is estimated that hotels in New York City alone dispose of more than 25 million mini-plastic bottles each year.

Some hotel chains have already taken measures to eliminate the use of the single-use bottles, including Marriott and IGH, which owns Holiday Inn, Kimpton, and other hotel chains.

The proposed bill would ban “lodging establishments”, including hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and holiday apartments, from offering small plastic bottles holding 340ml or under of product in rooms or public spaces.

The proposed legislation is expected to be evaluated by lawmakers early next year. California has already taken similar measures in hotels to reduce plastic waste.

"Little everyday actions, like eliminating small plastic bottles, will have a positive impact on our environment," Kaminsky said in a statement announcing the bill. "By barring hotels from giving single-use plastic toiletries to customers, we are safeguarding our environment, and mitigating plastic waste and waterway pollution."

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Bedford Daily Voice!

Serves Bedford, Bedford Hills & Katonah

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

Bedford Daily Voice!

Serves Bedford, Bedford Hills & Katonah

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.