Proposal to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand

The consultation has closed.

About the consultation

The Government sought views on its proposed ban on the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand. This is because microbeads are non-biodegradable and when ingested can lead to health issues for marine life and life higher on the food chain including humans. The proposed ban would require a new regulation under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. 

To find out more read the consultation document.

Submissions closed at 5.00pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Update on the proposal

The Government decided to form regulations to ban the sale and manufacture of certain types of products containing plastic microbeads. See Plastic microbeads ban.

All submissions were considered.

See the Summary of submissions

See the Individual submissions

Publishing and releasing submissions

All or part of any written submission (including names of submitters) may be published on the Ministry for the Environment’s website Unless you clearly specify otherwise in your submission, the Ministry will consider that you have consented to website posting of both your submission and your name.

Contents of submissions may be released to the public under the Official Information Act 1982 following requests to the Ministry for the Environment (including via email). Please advise if you have any objection to the release of any information contained in a submission and, in particular, which part(s) you consider should be withheld, together with the reason(s) for withholding the information. We will take into account all such objections when responding to requests for copies of, and information on, submissions to this document under the Official Information Act.

The Privacy Act 1993 applies certain principles about the collection, use and disclosure of information about individuals by various agencies, including the Ministry for the Environment. It governs access by individuals to information about themselves held by agencies. Any personal information you supply to the Ministry in the course of making a submission will be used by the Ministry only in relation to the matters covered by this document. Please clearly indicate in your submission if you do not wish your name to be included in any summary of submissions that the Ministry may publish.

Contact us

Phone: 04 439 7400

Consultation State