Preliminary study on synthetic microfibers and particles at a municipal waste water treatment plant

Public and scientific interest in micro-sized plastic waste in marine environment has increased considerably in recent years, but relatively little is known about the sources of microplastics. Also the lack of standardized methods of sampling and analyzing microplastics has complicated the comparability of results gained from the few studies carried out. Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY has developed a microplastic sampling method targeted at wastewaters and was willing to share its knowledge and experience of microplastic research with colleagues at the State Unitary Enterprise Vodokanal of St. Petersburg in this HELCOM BASE project.

Julia Talvitie, Mari Heinonen, Copyright 2014 Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission HELCOM.

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