California To Ban Single-Use Plastic Containers From Hotels in 2023

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“We are addicted to plastic as a society,” said Ash Kalra, the bill’s author. “I do hope my colleagues view this as a common-sense piece of legislation that once again puts us forward as leaders when it comes to trying to reduce our plastic consumption and leaders on issues of the environment.” The law mandates a fine of $500 for the first offense and $2000 for subsequent offenses. California has been at the forefront of the battle against plastic consumption and further waste production — from prohibiting grocery stores from supplying free single-use plastic bags to allowing restaurants to offer customers straws only upon request.

According to data, only nine percent of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste is recycled. The remaining end up in landfills or in open water, causing harm to all living creatures and the environment. The United Nations estimates 80% of the trash that floats in the oceans is plastic, with North America being the third largest contributor. Over a million marine birds and animals die from plastic ingestion each year.

With the ban in place, hotels in California are expected to move to more sustainable alternatives, such as using refillable dispensers — which decreases the hotel’s overall plastic waste output and eliminates discarding unused liquids. Further, this move also helps hotels reduce costs in the long run. Some of the world’s largest hotel chains, such as Marriott International and InterContinental Hotel Group, have already implemented similar shifts in their offerings beginning as early as 2020. 



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