Environmental Bans & Restrictions
Europe; North America; South America; Asia
EU member countries; United States; Paraguay; Brazil; China; Japan; South Korea
In China, under the provisions on protecting drinking water sources of Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law (2008), the State Council and local governments can prohibit or restrict the use of phosphates in detergent in drinking water source protection areas. Major coastal provinces, including Guangdong, Liaoning, Shandong, have banned the sales and use of laundry and dishwashing detergent containing more than 1.1% phosphate. In the United States, phosphates have been banned in laundry detergent nationally since 1993. By 2012, 18 states have enacted phosphate restrictions to dishwashing detergent which do not allow stores to sell household use dishwashing detergent with more than 0.5% phosphorous. Since July 2013, 3 U.S. states - New York, Maryland, South Carolina - have expanded the prohibits to commercial dishwashing detergent. The European Union has banned the use of phosphates and limited the content of other phosphorous containing compounds in consumer laundry detergents since June 30, 2013. It requires that a standard dose of washing powder must not contain more than 0.5 grams of phosphorus. Similar restrictions will apply to consumer automatic dishwasher detergents as of January 1, 2017, which require that the total content of phosphorus is less than 0.3 grams of phosphorus per standard dosage. Japan and South Korean have banned the use of phosphate in Laundry detergents since 1980s. In Paraguay, the Government banned domestic production and imports of phosphate detergents. In Brazil, the government imposed a gradual reduction of cleaning ingredients in detergent formulations, from max levels of 15.5% of phosphate in year 2005 to 12.5% in year 2008.
The detergent phosphaste bans could reduce the level of phosphorus in wastewater and prevent eutrophication.
China Detergent Phosphate Bans
US Detergent Phosphate Bans
EU Detergent Phosphate Bans
Detergent Phosphate Bans in Japan, South Korea, Paraguay, Brazil