Journal of Environmental Waste Management and Recycling

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Commentary - Journal of Environmental Waste Management and Recycling (2022) Volume 5, Issue 5

Plastic waste degradation in lowland environment conditions.

Katarzyna Bernat*

Department of Environmental Biotechnology, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Olsztyn, Poland

*Corresponding Author:
Katarzyna Bernat
Department of Environmental Biotechnology
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Olsztyn, Poland

Received: 16-Aug-2022, Manuscript No. AAEWMR-22-77345; Editor assigned: 17-Aug-2022, PreQC No. AAEWMR-22-77345(PQ); Reviewed: 02-Sep-2022, QC No. AAEWMR-22-77345; Revised: 07-Sep-2022, Manuscript No. AAEWMR-22-77345(R); Published: 14-Sep-2022, DOI: 10.35841/aaewmr-5.5.122

Citation: Bernat K. Plastic waste degradation in lowland environment conditions. Environ Waste Management Recycling. 2022;5(5):122.

Micro plastics pollution is free to the setting directly from primary sources (such as cosmetic and cleansing commodities, and private care and pharmaceutical products), or indirectly from secondary sources, through the fragmentation and degradation of nano, meso and macroplastics. The known primary sources of MPs emissions to the environment embody plastic pellets from industry, laundry machines, that unharness an oversized quantity of MPs within the variety of fibers, microbeads from attention products (PCPs) and paint, effluent treatment plants (WWTPs), rubber roads, artificial turf, and tire wear. Emissions from WWTPs are thought-about to be one in every of the most sources of MPs free to the setting as giant amounts of effluent are directly discharged into surface water per annum found that MPs concentrations (counts per L) varied at intervals an element of 2.5 in incoming and 4.8 in effluent from every of 3 monitored WWTPs, which neither concentrations nor removal efficiencies incontestable a seasonal trend. The WWTPs that operated with primary clarification had the very best MPs removal potency [1].

The two smaller facilities had average removal efficiencies of 85.2 ± 6.0% associate degreed 85.5 ± 9.1%. supported flow rates and MPs counts, the load of MPs discharged with the effluent destroyed 500–1000 million MPs particles per day. This often loves emissions of 0.34–0.68 g MPs per capita p.a. in treated. Effluent In addition, as a result of activated sludge conjointly accumulates most of the removed MPs (69–80%), it can be an emission supply if improperly managed. Another source of small plastics emissions is larger plastic product that doesn’t seem to be properly disposed of, primarily as well as plastic films from agricultural applications, fishing waste, and municipal rubble from plastic bags, bottles, tableware, and packing products. Landfills are major reservoirs of MPs, including small plastic granules employed in cosmetics and small plastic fragments derived from the breakdown of macro plastics. Currently, secondary sources are calculable to emit the bulk of MPs to the setting even though, below natural conditions, it takes years for giant plastic waste to be diminished into MPs. For example, small plastic films and foams are derived primarily from the erosion of plastic baggage and packing products that are essential things in humans’ daily lives. Since the 1990s, they need been wide used attributable to their blessings of a coffee cost, giant capacity, light-weight weight, and simple storage. Globally, up to ~five trillion plastic bags are consumed per annum and ~39.7% of total plastic production is employed for packing [2].

Most of this plastic waste is landfilled and is subject to semi-permanent degradation. Plastic materials endure important changes in their chemical structure below specific environmental conditions, ensuing in the loss of a number of their properties. Chemical compound characteristics play a major role within the degradation. These characteristics embody molecular weight, crystallinity, practical groups, mobility, substituents gift in the structure, and also the additives superimposed to the polymers. The fate of those polymers in the lowland and the time needed for their total mineralization to CO2 have nonetheless to be totally understood. Polymers will be degraded via chemical degradation, picture degradation, and biological degradation, which can cause the formation of secondary MPs pollution [3].

The presence of MPs in the environment has been shown to possess varied dangerous effects on a good vary of floral and faunal species. In addition, MPs act as carriers or chelators of various co-contaminants, adore serious metals, brominated flame retardants and different varieties of plasticizers, and pharmaceutical toxicants. These co-contaminants simply bind to the microplastic surface because of their hydrophobicity. The microorganism species that are related to the degradation of those polymers embody bacterium (Pseudomonas, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Micrococcus) and fungi (Aspergillus niger, genus Aspergillus glaucus, Trichoderma). The extracellular enzymes concerned are overlarge to penetrate deeply into the compound material, acting solely on the polymer surface, associate degreed consequently, the biodegradation of plastics is sometimes a surface erosion process. Biodegradation may be improved by ultraviolet light irradiation (photooxidation), and thermal and chemical oxidization of synthetic resin (PE) before its exposure to a organic phenomenon environment [4].

‘End-of-life’ (EoL) doesn't equate to the top of the impact of plastic waste. Plastic materials persist and soil long once their meant use is finished, which implies that there's no such issue as an end to the impact of plastics at intervals a typical human lifespan. Counting on however plastic is handled, it should create a major threat to the setting and to the climate once it reaches the waste section of its life cycle. The target of this text was to delineate the complications—both environmental and technical—encountered throughout the disposal of plastic product after they are landfilled at their EoL. A special focus was given to the potential for the migration and unharness of varied varieties of micro plastics. In addition, the emissions of probably ototoxic substances during landfilling were assessed [5].


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