Wastewater treatment effluents are known to contain tiny particles of plastic. Not visible to the human eye, these plastics can make their way into the environment through wastewater effluents. Microplastics in effluent are not currently regulated in discharge licences, however, this may change in the future. Currently there are many test methods to detect microplastics. Few have been validated and many are subject to false positive results due to procedural sample contamination.
This project will use already developed and validated microplastics sampling and test methods to quantify plastics in wastewater effluents and the environment. Plastics will be deployed at treatment plants to evaluate degradation of plastics in the wastewater treatment process. These degraded plastics will be used to assist in the identification of plastic particles in effluents. This project will also provide an improved understanding of the background levels of microplastic particles in local Australian environments.
The project objectives are:
Arash Zamyadi | Research Manager
26th Mar, 2021