Synthesis of dominant plastic microfibre prevalence and pollution control feasibility in Chinese freshwater environments

Xu, Yuyao and Chan, Faith Ka Shun and Stanton, Thomas and Johnson, Matthew F. and Kay, Paul and He, Jun and Wang, Jue and Kong, Chuilan and Wang, Zilin and Liu, Dong and Xu, Yaoyang (2021) Synthesis of dominant plastic microfibre prevalence and pollution control feasibility in Chinese freshwater environments. Science of The Total Environment, 783 . p. 146863. ISSN 00489697

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Abstract

Microplastic pollution of freshwaters is known to be a great concern in China and these pollutants can be discharged into the coastal environment through fluvial processes, posing threats to the global marine ecosystem. This paper reviewed the literature measuring microplastic pollution in the Chinese freshwater environment and found that microfibres dominate other plastic morphologies in more than 65% of samples collected in surface water, sediments and effluents of wastewater treatment plants and domestic sewers. Current potential sources of microfibre pollution are identified including fishery activities, laundry sewage, and waste textiles according to previous research. Recommendations are offered using the circular economy management framework, such as textile waste reuse and recycling systems in China, for improving current control measures for microplastics in freshwaters.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: China; Freshwater; Microfibre; Microplastic; Textile
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical Sciences
University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146863
Depositing User: Yu, Tiffany
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 03:29
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2021 03:29
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/65374

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