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Environ Toxicol Chem. 2016 Jul;35(7):1627-31. doi: 10.1002/etc.3316. Epub 2016 Mar 15.

Release of primary microplastics from consumer products to wastewater in the Netherlands.

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1
KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands.
2
Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
3
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

The authors estimate the release of primary microplastics from consumer products-cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning agents, and paint and coatings-via sewage effluent as an expected relevant route to the marine environment. Total estimated concentrations in the 3 scenarios are 0.2 μg/L, 2.7 μg/L, and 66 μg/L in sewage-treatment plant (STP) effluent, respectively. All product categories relevantly contribute. Predicted concentrations are compared with reported actual concentrations in STP effluents. Environ Toxicol Chem 2016;35:1627-1631.

KEYWORDS:

Consumer product; Emission; Primary microplastic; Sewage-treatment plant effluent

PMID:
26627661
DOI:
10.1002/etc.3316
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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