These regulations, consisting of 8 sections and one Schedule, are made under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. These regulations prohibit the manufacture and sale of wash-off products (other than medical devices or medicines) that contain microbeads for 1 or more of the following purposes: exfoliation of all or part of a person’s body; cleaning of all or part of a person’s body; abrasive cleaning of any area, surface, or thing; visual appearance of the product. Section 65 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 provides that a person who knowingly contravenes these regulations commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $100,000. To avoid doubt, these regulations do not affect the sale of goods that may be sold in New Zealand by virtue of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (see section 10 of that Act).
Waste Minimisation (Microbeads) Regulations 2017
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