Municipal wastewater plants and septic systems were not engineered to remove harmful synthetic waste. They were designed to treat biodegradable bodily waste and food waste. But today human activities regularly introduce a wide range of synthetic contaminants into wastewater, including plastic microbeads, plastic fibers from clothing, chemicals in pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and others.
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Issue Publication Date:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015