The local law was first introduced to the Chautauqua County Legislature by County legislator George Borrello and it was unanimously approved by the County Legislature on September 23.
The local law makes it unlawful for any person or entity to sell, offer for sale, give or furnish any personal care products that contain microbeads. Anyone breaking the law will be liable for a civil penalty up to $1,000 for the first violation. For a second or subsequent violation, the person or entity would be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $2,500 for each day during which the violation continues.
It goes into effect on February 15, 2016.
Microbeads are synthetic plastic particles used to exfoliate or cleanse in personal care products. They can be found in over 100 personal care products including facial cleansers, shampoos, soaps, and toothpastes.