Shanghai hotels told to stop providing free toothbrushes and combs

Published on : Thursday, May 16, 2019

The hotels in China’s popular city Shanghai told to stop providing free toothbrushes and combs as city administration looks to reduce waste.




The hotels in Shanghai have been told they will be fined up to 5,000 yuan (US$725) for providing guests with disposable items like toothbrushes and combs unless they are specifically requested, as authorities in the east China metropolis launch their latest environmental campaign. The hotel operators must take the responsibility for the green, sustainable development of the city.



The measure is part of a citywide effort to reduce the amount of garbage produced by households and businesses, it said.



Under the new rule, which takes effect on July 1, the hotels will be fined between 500 and 5,000 yuan for providing any of six disposable items – the four others being shower scrubs, razors, nail files and shoe brushes – as standard in guest bedrooms.



Several major hotels in Shanghai, including the Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund and Sofitel, said they were aware of the new rules and would comply with them.



Shanghai is not the first city to introduce such a restriction. The authorities in Shandong province issued a directive in October saying that hotel customers must be charged for certain disposable items. A six-month trial period began in December and the new rule comes into force at the start of June.

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