20 SEP 2019: A group of New York state lawmakers are planning legislation to ban hotels from offering toiletries in single use plastic containers. The legislation would ban single use containers in hotels of 50 rooms or more from 2023 and smaller lodging establishments in 2024.

It would cover all hotels and motels as well as long stay accommodations and would eliminate 27.4 million plastic bottles every year in the hospitality industry.

The move is part of a wider plan to reduce plastic pollution state-wide which includes the banning of plastic bags.

Hotels would be allowed to replace the single use bottles with wall-mounted dispensers, larger, multi-use bottles or recyclable non-plastic single-use containers.

The initiative is led by Long Island Democrat Sen. Todd Kaminsky, who said, "By barring hotels from giving single-use plastic toiletries to customers, we are safeguarding our environment, and mitigating plastic waste and waterway pollution."

But what would guests have to take home as never-to-be-used souvenirs?

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