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Bateman Bill Banning Sale, Production of Microbeads Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) banning the sale or production of personal care products containing microbeads was signed into law by Governor Christie. The bill (S-2178) will protect New Jersey’s rivers, lakes, and drinking supplies from environmental damage and harmful contamination.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation banning the sale or production of personal care items containing microbeads has been signed into law. (©

Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to products like face washes and cosmetic products to exfoliate. These tiny beads can become trapped in water filtration systems, ending up in rivers and lakes and contaminating the drinking supplies used by millions of New Jerseyans every day.

“By signing this bill into law, we are placing our state at the forefront of a national effort to eliminate the dangers this product poses to our environment and our water supply,” said Senator Bateman. “We have a responsibility to protect New Jersey residents from contamination and keep our state’s waterways clean and pristine. The only way to keep our drinking water safe and protect our beautiful rivers and lakes is to stop production and get these items off the shelves.”

The prohibition of production and sale of microbeads in New Jersey will be phased out between 2018 and 2020, beginning with a ban on production of personal care products containing microbeads. The last phase of legislation, to be enacted in January 2020, will prohibit any person from selling or promoting an over-the-counter drug containing synthetic plastic microbeads.

New Jersey is the second state to ban microbeads, joining Illinois in a nationwide effort to ban microbeads and protect the environment.

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