New York Hotels Will Not Be Permitted to Use Small Shampoo and Lotion Bottles — Here’s Why

By Trisha Andrada

Jul 11, 2024 07:30 AM EDT

Hotel guests in the Empire State will no longer be able to receive "hospitality care" goods like shampoo and lotion in small bottles after a bill to minimize waste passed in the New York Assembly.

Small Bottles Banned in New York Hotels

The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that starting January 1, 2025, hotels with more than 50 rooms will be prohibited from providing personal hygiene products in bottles less than 12 ounces.

The bill, first introduced in 2019, requires hotels that do not comply with the ban to give a 30-day notice to correct the violation. Violations will result in a $250 punishment and a $500 fine for subsequent offenses.

The New York Times reported that the Environmental Protection Fund will receive the bulk of the collected money. All New York City hotels will be required to conform by 2026, and the rollout will commence with larger establishments.

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Small plastic bottles of shampoo
Small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body lotion sit in a bathroom in a room at a SpringHill Suites, a hotel operated by Marriott on August 28, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo : Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Bigger Hotels Start Making Adjustments

Some major hotels have already initiated modifications. According to a representative from Marriott Hotels who talked to Fox Business, the company has been actively working on its residential amenities program, which involves replacing tiny toiletry bottles with bigger ones that have a pump on top to decrease plastic waste.

The spokesperson said Marriot Hotels reached 95% compliance for selected brands across managed and franchised properties worldwide by 2023, with further locations transitioning through 2024.

On the other hand, Hilton hotels were required to switch to full-size shampoo, conditioner, and soap as of 2023, eliminating single-use small bottles and minimizing the number of disposed bars of soap.

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