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Jan 4, 2018

Addicted to Plastic!


The Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) has produced a report outlining global issues relating to microplastic pollution and its prevention.

 

Microplastics are particles that are smaller than 5mm and are formed by the fragmentation of larger plastic items or are intentionally or unintentionally released in the form of manufactured beads, granules, fibres and fragments. Once in the environment they are very difficult to remove and have the potential to accumulate in soil, freshwater and marine environments causing a range of known and unknown impacts.

 

CIWEM has stressed that prevention is the best, and most likely the cheapest, solution to reduce microplastic pollution.  The report sets out recommendations for government actions to help tackle the issue.

 

To read the full report click here

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