IUCN study: Micro tyre waste a major source of ocean pollution

23rd February 2017 | 0 Comments
 
IUCN study: Micro tyre waste a major source of ocean pollution
IUCN study: Micro tyre waste a major source of ocean pollution

According to a study published by environmental network the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), tiny plastic particles from tyres and other products such as synthetic clothing could contribute up to 31 per cent of the 9.5 million tonnes of plastic released into the ocean each year. The report suggests that tyre waste generated by abrasion during use accounts for 28.3 per cent of these primary microplastics. Tyre particles and other waste reach the ocean through road runoff, the path that 66 per cent of microplastics are said to take on their journey to the ocean.

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