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New research from the College of Charleston sheds more light on an overlooked source of plastic pollution: the water sent to sewage plants.
Wastewater doesn’t just include what’s flushed down a toilet. It incorporates any water that goes down a household or business’s drain.
The main source of plastic in that water from a home comes from washing machines: Laundering gradually breaks down synthetic fabrics.
That leaves tiny plastic fibers in the water that are washed away and end up at sewage treatment plants, said Barbara Beckingham, a professor at the College of Charleston.
Beckingham, along with four other authors, recently published a peer-reviewed study comparing how well area wastewater plants were able to filter out the plastics.