Taiwan to Restrict Use of Disposable Hotel Toiletries

Hotels in Taiwan will be restricted from supplying single-use toiletries unless they are specifically requested, with effect from 2025, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Monday.

Under the new guidelines, which the EPA announced on its website, liquid toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion will have to be provided in bottles with a volume of at least 180 milliliters.

Meanwhile, disposable items such as combs, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shower caps will no longer be offered in guests’ rooms, though hotels will still be allowed to provide them on request, the EPA said.

In an interview, Wang Yueh-pin (王嶽斌), executive secretary of the EPA’s Recycling Fund Management Board, said the official implementation date has now been set at Jan. 1, 2025.

This will give the estimated 14,500 affected hotels, bed & breakfast facilities and catered campsites sufficient time to prepare.

Once the new rules take effect, the EPA said hotels found in violation will be subject to fines of NT$1,200 (US$38.67) to NT$6,000, with the possibility of further penalties if no improvements are made.

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