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New Zealand microbead ban comes into effect on 7th June

New Zealand has published a regulation banning the sale and manufacture of wash-off products that contain plastic microbeads for the cleaning, abrasive cleaning or visual appearance of the product. The regulation came into effect on 7th June. The regulation focuses on two types of products: wash off cosmetics and abrasive cleaning products. The obligations of the manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and the public under the regulation has been published by the EPA.

Waste Minimisation (Microbeads) Regulations 2017:

Summary of obligations under the regulation (published by the EPA):

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