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Microplastics in Soils: Nothing to See Here?

May, 2019,

Plastics in the environment are a topic of public interest following the Blue Planet TV series. Interest in plastics in the terrestrial environment has lagged behind the marine environment – possible because the issue is less visible, but certainly because the issue/impact are much harder to quantify.  However, plastics in soil have been of interest to the UK environmental regulators for several years (particularly SEPA, following an incident of contaminated digestate) and papers are starting to be published in this area as funding flows.

This event will discuss the latest research findings to try and help us understand whether there is a genuine environmental risk – or whether plastics in soil just look bad and taint the reputations of contributing sectors.

Key themes:

  • Can anything be learnt from research in the aquatic environment?
  • What research is underway in the terrestrial environment, and what are the key challenges?
  • Is there evidence of harm from microplastics in soils?
  • Macro or micro?  Should we just be better at preventing plastic leakage into the environment, and is source control a pipe-dream?

If you are interested in speaking at this event submit a 150-word abstract to Sarah –

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