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Introduction to Microplastics An Environmental Concern

Carol Stein, P.E.

Microplastics are tiny particles currently receiving considerable attention in both the scientific and lay communities, because of their ubiquitousness and their potential as environmental contaminants. Although some microplastics are found within products designed for consumption, the vast majority are formed due to the degradation of plastics. Microplastics can take several forms, depending on their sources. It is important to understand the sources of microplastics, and how they form within the lifecycle of plastic production, to be able to better identify ways to reduce or eliminate their impact on the environment. This course will provide the project manager with a basic understanding of the types of microplastics, their lifecycle in the environment and the challenges posed due to the evolving state of microplastics science.

This course is based entirely on Chapter 1 (Introduction) of the ITRC guidance document ITRC (Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council). 2023. Microplastics Team Materials. Washington, D.C.: Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council, MP Team.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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