Hotel Shampoo and Lotion Bottles Banned in New York – Find Out Why!

Albany, New York – A new law is set to take effect in New York state requiring hotels to eliminate small toiletry bottles as part of an effort to reduce waste. The legislation was passed by the New York Assembly in an attempt to minimize the environmental impact of hospitality personal care products like shampoo and lotions.

Starting January 1, 2025, hotels with more than 50 rooms will be prohibited from providing toiletry bottles smaller than 12 ounces. The law aims to push hotels towards adopting more sustainable practices and reducing plastic waste. Hotels found breaking this restriction will receive a warning initially, with 30 days to rectify the violation. Failure to comply will result in a civil penalty of $250, followed by a $500 fine if the violation persists.

Some major hotels have already begun making changes to comply with the upcoming regulations. Marriott Hotels spokesperson mentioned transitioning from small toiletry bottles to larger, pump-topped bottles as part of their commitment to reducing plastic waste. By the end of 2023, Marriot Hotels had achieved 95% compliance for transitioning to residential bath amenities for certain brands worldwide.

Hilton properties also implemented changes by requiring properties to switch to full-size shampoo, conditioner, and soap amenities by 2023, eliminating single-use miniature bottles. While the rollout begins with large hotels, all hotels in New York will need to adhere to the regulations by 2026. The law was initially planned to take effect on January 1, 2023, but industry lobbyists pushed for a delay to allow hotel staff to use up existing stock.

Similar laws have been implemented in other states, like California, where tiny toiletry bottles were banned from hotels. The move towards sustainable practices within the hospitality industry is part of a broader effort to reduce waste and promote environmental stewardship. Hotels are encouraged to make proactive changes to align with these new regulations and contribute to a greener future.