Effect of Microbeads in Wastewater Sewage Sludge

November 18th, 2016

 

Global Researchers are now concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding the consequences that cosmetic plastic microbeads may have on cultural landscapes through sewage sludge used as a fertiliser.

 

Studies show wastewater treatment plants received large amounts of Microplastics emitted from households, industry and surface run-off in urban areas. In North America and Europe used approximately 50% of sewage sludge is used for agriculture with suggestions up to 650,000 metric tonnes are transferred every year into agricultural soils. Although exact figures of how this will affect horticulture are unknown, experts are suggesting that long term microbeads can potentially damage soil organisms or their impact on food safety.

 

Techfil’s cosmetic range has several grades which can be used as direct replacements for polyethylene microbeads. Pumice Grains and Powders are natural, organic, inert, have a neutral pH and are environmentally friendly.

 

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