Industry regulation can be an effective mechanism to reduce microplastic point and non-point sources of pollution. Existing regulation can be modified to encompass microplastic emissions or new regulation can be crafted to successfully mitigate newly realized sources of pollution.

Regulations on industry practices can include measures which require best management practices (BMP) on microplastic pollution emissions (for water discharge, sludge and air), clothing and product labelling, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations and classification of waste as hazardous material.


Clean Water Act Established the basic structure for regulating pollutant discharges into US waters

California AB-2379 Waste management: plastic microfiber

New York: AB 1549 Microfiber Clothing Label Requirements

California SB-372 Single-use plastic products: extended producer responsibility