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Microbeads banned in Erie County after protracted debate

More great news! The Erie County Legislature (New York) passed a ban on the tiny plastic balls Thursday afternoon with a unanimous vote of 11-0. The ban will take effect in January, so stores have until then to comply with the new law.

Canada: Nationwide ban microbeads

Great news! The Canadian government announced on 30 July that microbeads will be banned nationwide.

Green groups fight plastic microbead pollution in North Country waters

Environmental groups in New York's North Country are trying to spread the word about water pollution from microbeads. Microbeads are tiny, colorful pieces of plastic used as exfoliating agents in facial scrubs and toothpastes.