September 6 (Sun) – 9 (Wed), 2020 / Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Korea
* Plastic wastes of varying physical size fractions, including those of microplastics (MPs) and nanoplastics (NPs), are becoming the major source of emerging pollutants posing severe threat to the aquatic/terrestrial ecosystems. The UNEP identified that a large quantities of MPs and NPs found in marine environment have originated from land-based sources (UNEP, 2016). The discharge of effluents from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) is another major source of MPs and NPs in the water bodies in addition to biowastes, such as sludge and compost, all of which are the major causes of release of MPs and NPs into the soil environment.
Particulate plastic wastes persist in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that may ultimately affect the environmental contaminant interactions in water and soil by serving as a vector for hazardous pollutant transport, by altering the contaminant bioavailability in soil, and by releasing toxic chemicals that are generally added during plastics manufacturing processes into the environment. This VSI is intended to cover articles and reviews as well as short communications on all aspects of up-to-date techniques employed for the quantification, analysis, removal and treatment of particulate plastic wastes with particular emphasis on MPs and NPs. The state-of-the-art processes for resource recovery of plastic wastes will also be covered.
This VSI aims to publish selective novel on-going research contributions towards the innovative, instant, reliable, and effective chemical techniquesand processes used for the quantification, analysis, removal and treatment, and resource recovery of particulate plastic wastes. However, techniques related to biological testing aspects of these products are not considered.