publication . Article . 2017

Plastic pollutants in water environment

Bożena Mrowiec;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Dec 2017 Journal: Environmental Protection and Natural Resources (issn: 2353-8589, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Sciendo
Abstract
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>Nowadays, wide applications of plastics result in plastic waste being present in the water environment in a wide variety of sizes. Plastic wastes are in water mainly as microplastics (the size range of 1 nm to &lt; 5 mm). Microplastics have been recognized as an emerging threat, as well as ecotoxicological and ecological risk for water ecosystems. In this review are presented some of the physicochemical properties of plastic materials that determine their toxic effect on the aquatic environment. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are mentioned as one of main sources of microplastics introduced into fresh water, and rive...
Subjects
free text keywords: plastic pollutants, microplastics, water environment, ecological effects, Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering, TD1-1066, General Environmental Science, Pollutant, Environmental science, Environmental engineering
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