Irish government takes hard line on microbeads with proposed ban

Irish government takes hard line on microbeads with proposed ban

The Irish government could be poised to pass the most wide-ranging ban on microbeads to date, the Microbeads (Prohibition) Bill 2019, according to a report published by The Times.

A bill introduced by housing minister Eoghan Murphy has secured all-party support and purports to outlaw microplastics in cleaning products, cosmetics, shampoo and shaving creams. The bill would also usher in harsh penalties for those who flout the ban, including fines of €3 million and imprisonment.

“Ireland has previously led the charge with measures such as the plastic-bag levy and the smoking ban. If we could set an example which others could meet, we should do so. We are going further than our EU counterparts, but they have made a commitment to catch up,” Murphy told The Times.

The bill is subject to approval from the European Commission. ffffffff

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