The Government recently sought views on its proposed ban on the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand. This page has information on this proposed ban under the Waste Minimisation Act.
Consultation document on the proposed ban
Read the consultation document for information on the proposed ban. The consultation closed on 28 February 2017.
Purpose of the proposed ban
The purpose of the proposed ban is to reduce the impacts of microbeads from personal care products on the environment. Microbeads are non-biodegradable and due to their small size are easily ingested by marine animals. This can lead to health issues for marine life and life higher on the food chain including humans.
Under the proposed regulation, personal care products containing microbeads that are designed to be washed down the drain would no longer be able to be manufactured or sold in New Zealand.
For more information on the impact of microbeads see Plastics in cosmetics factsheet [PDF, 260 KB] [United Nations Environment Programme website]
The regulatory impact statement: Reducing the impact of microbeads in personal care products on the environment provides an analysis of options to manage the impacts from microbeads contained in personal care products.
Following consultation an updated regulatory impact statement will be produced.