A German research organisation, the Fraunhofer Society says some 30,000 tonnes of microplastics enters the environment each year.
According to a study released on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, researchers said the largest contributor of microplastic – extremely small pieces of plastic debris in the environment resulting from the disposal and breakdown of consumer products and industrial waste. They can also be said to be tiny pieces of plastics that do not break down for many years and damage the bodies and tissues that absorb them.
They are released into the environment from the wear and tear of tyres form machines including vehicles, planes, diggers, shovels and bikes.
When it comes to microplastics pollution are sewage treatment plant, aeroplanes and construction sites, the study says.