Why Are the Orkneys So Polluted? Pollution Solutions Online – ScotlandPosted on February 28, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
Where did it come from?
Microplastics are tiny plastic particles, measuring less than 5mm in diameter. They’re broken down into different categories:
- Primary microplastics – Purpose-made particles used in cosmetic products and air blasting technology, to remove rust or paint from machinery or boats. Their use in cosmetic products was banned in 2016 by the UK Government.
- Secondary microplastics – Tiny plastic fragments, varying in size and shape, which emerge as larger plastic debris breaks down.
- By-product microplastics – Dust from a range of sources, like car tires and textiles also contribute significantly to microplastic levels. Washing clothes releases tiny microfibres into waterways, which cannot be filtered out by washing machines or treatment facilities.