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The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Scotland) Regulations 2018
These Regulations make it an offence to use microbeads as an ingredient in the manufacture any rinse-off personal care products. It also makes it an offence to supply, offer to supply or have in possession for supply any rinse-off personal care products containing microbeads as an ingredient.
These Regulations are being introduced in conjunction with other administrations of the UK to allow for a UK-wide ban.
A public consultation “Proposals to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK and call for evidence on other sources of microplastics entering the marine environment” took place from 20 December 2016 to 28 February 2017.
A total of 431 responses were received, the majority supporting the ban. Further details on the responses can be found in the consultation report published on the Scottish Government website.
These Regulations come into force on 19 June 2018
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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