Plastics and the Environment

How microplastics are making their way into farmland

Microplastics can enter farmland through a variety of pathways, including wastewater sludge, dust, and fertilizer.

Microplastics are readily found in treated wastewater sludge, which is used to enrich farm soils. Image: Unsplash/Jan Kopřiva

Branaavan Sivarajah
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University
Jesse Vermaire
Associate Professor, Institute of Environmental Science, Carleton University
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Biosolids applied to an agricultural field. Image: Branaavan Sivarajah

Microplastics in municipal biosolids. A-C: Processed biosolid samples; D-F: Assortment of microplastic particles in biosolids.
Assortment of microplastic particles in biosolids. Image: Jesse Vermaire
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