ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany County legislature unanimously voted to ban the sale of microbeads in the county.
Microbeads are common in toothpaste and cosmetics. Environmental advocates said the beads are causing problems in the waterways and waste water treatment plants. Advocates also said wildlife are mistakenly eating the plastic beads and absorbing the toxins.
The measure was sponsored by Guilderland democrat Bryan Clenahan.
“We have no more important job than taken care of our environment and our citizens’ health,” he said. “So it was fantastic that everybody came together on a bipartisan basis to support this.”
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pushing for a statewide ban and praised the vote.
Albany County is now the fifth county in the state to ban the microbeads. The law will take effect six months after it is filed with the state department.