Degradation of PHB and PE microbeads in aerobic and anaerobic biological wastewater treatment microcosms
Synthetic plastic microbeads, often found in personal care products such as toothpaste, face scrubbers, hand sanitizers, hand soap, and shower body wash, pose a great threat to aquatic life and the environment. Their size and nature prevent wastewater treatment plants from removing all microbeads, and some are discharged with effluent into the environment. US federal legislation recently banned the use of synthetic and biodegradable plastic microbeads, though the fate and transport of biodegradable plastic microbeads is not proven to be the same as synthetic microbeads. Microcosm experiments ...
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