Removal of Microplastics from Wastewater and Sewage Sludge applied to Agricultural Land – United Nations Study Underway

On March 20, 2020, the UN Environment Program announced that a study is underway, tentatively titled: “Assessing available technologies and providing a toolkit of options of technologies to remove plastic, microplastic and microfibres from wastewater and sludge” – In announcing the forthcoming study, UNEP notes that “… Over time, plastic products tend to shed smaller particles through natural weathering processes, creating microplastics, defined as less than 5mm in size … They have been identified in the intestinal tract of zooplankton, river-bed organisms, and mussels. They can result in gut blockage and starvation … In Europe and North America, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of microplastics are added to soils annually through sewage sludge …” – The report is expected to be released within 4 to 10 months …” #MicroPlastics #FoodPackaging #PlasticPackaging #SingleUsePlastic