Chautauqua County joins cause against microbeads

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The push to ban microbeads throughout western New York is expanding.

Chautauqua County has approved a new measure that will stop the sale of soaps and other products that contain tiny plastic microbeads.

Experts and environmentalists say the small beads pass through water filtration systems and pollute local waterways.

Erie County was the first to pass similar legislation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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