Microplastics in Water and Wastewater - 2nd Edition


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Publication Date: 15/10/2020

Pages: 300

Binding: Paperback

ISBN13: 9781789061680

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The book covers in detail the topic of microplastics in water and wastewater. There is a growing interest in the scientific community in microplastics. Most of the studies identified the problems due to microplastics in the marine environment. However, considering that most microplastics are produced on land, similar problems should be encountered in freshwater systems and wastewater treatment plants that at the same time are the sources of marine microplastics. The human water cycle and points where the microplastics could interact with water will be presented as the introductory chapter. The subsequent chapters will examine evidence of the microplastics presence in freshwater such as both rivers and lakes and also, hazardous chemicals associated with microplastics in such systems. The following chapters will discuss the presence of microplastics in wastewater, their sources, their transfer through a wastewater treatment plant, their concentration in effluents throughout the world, and their distribution and effects on the surrounding environment of effluent wastewater pipes. Further chapters will discuss the sampling methods, the sample treatment and analysis techniques used so far for identifying microplastics in wastewater. Additionally, the presence of microplastics in sewage sludge and in soils irrigated with wastewater or fertilized with sludge, as well as the possible effects on plants and human health will be discussed. A concluding chapter will discuss the necessity for plastics strategies.

In this second edition, a Study Guide is developed to be closely aligned with the content of the original text. Each study guide section includes the title of the relevant chapter, its aims, the expected learning outcomes, key concepts, a study plan, additional literature, and a set of self-assessment exercises and activities. Indicative answers to the self-assessment exercises and activities are provided at the end of the study guide.

“All in all, the book is recommended for researchers and policymakers in the fields of environmental chemistry, civil engineering, city planning, waste management and toxicology. Furthermore, it is also worthwhile for those who are concerned about the effects of microplastics on biota and on humans.”

Professor Hideshige Takada, Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry (LOG), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, International Pellet Watch

About the Editors 
Foreword (Hideshige Takada) 
Foreword (Peter Kershaw)

Chapter 1 - Plastics and microplastics in the human water cycle
K. Katsanou, H. K. Karapanagioti and I. K. Kalavrouziotis

Chapter 2 - Association of hazardous compounds with microplastics in freshwater ecosystems
L. M. Rios Mendoza and M. Balcer

Chapter 3 - Microplastics in wastewater treatment plants: A literature review of sampling methods and results
N. Mourgkogiannis and H. K. Karapanagioti

Chapter 4 - Microplastics: Transport and removal at wastewater treatment plants
S. A. Carr and J. Thompson

Chapter 5 - Method development for microplastic analysis in wastewater
A. Dyachenko, M. Lash and N. Arsem

Chapter 6 - Microplastics in sewage sludge: Captured but released?
A. L. Lusher, R. R. Hurley and C. Vogelsang

Chapter 7 - Modeling microplastics transport and fate in the marine environment around a wastewater effluent discharge pipe
D. P. Korfiatis

Chapter 8 - Evaluating wastewater effluent as a source of microplastics in environmental samples
W. Cowger, A. B. Gray, M. Eriksen, C. Moore and M. Thiel

Chapter 9 - Pollution of beaches and watercourses by plastic biomedia
P. Bencivengo and C. Barreau

Chapter 10 - Effects of microplastics on freshwater and marine microalgae
Merve Tunalı and Orhan Yenigün

Chapter 11 - Possible effects on plants due to microplastics in soils from wastewater effluent reuse or sewage sludge application
D. Papaioannou and I. K. Kalavrouziotis

Chapter 12 - Possible effects of microplastics on human health
E. Sazakli and M. Leotsinidis

Chapter 13 - The need for a global plastic strategy
S. Kordella, H. K. Karapanagioti and G. Papatheodorou


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