An ordinance created to ban single-use plastic bottles for hotels in Santa Cruz County has been approved by the County Board of Supervisors.
According to the Times Standard, hotels and relating accommodations will be required to replace the plastic bottles with dispensers or alternative replacements.
Approved on Nov. 20, 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend created the rule to protect the Monterey Bay ecosystem.
“Single-use plastics have dire consequences for these ecosystems and threaten our local economy, and we must act locally to protect them,” Friend said in a statement.
County officials have addressed the importance of cutting back on toxic waste and public health within the community.
It will be presented to the Board of Supervisors again on Dec. 4 before it is fully appointed.
The ban is expected to go into effect Dec. 31, 2020 giving time to hotels to make adjustments.
Santa Cruz County is the first county in the country to adopt the policy.