Microplastics are small plastic particles that can be harmful to the environment. Microplastics have been detected in marine water, wastewater, fresh water, food, air and drinking water.

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Fact Sheets

Introduction to Microplastics


Microplastics in drinking-water

Microplastic Fact Sheet

You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure – Facts about Plastic Particle Pollution


Microplastics and microbeads



Microplastics In Source And Drinking Water

Draft science assessment of plastic pollution

Proposed Regulations for Microbeads in Personal Care Products Used to Exfoliate or Cleanse

Zero plastic waste: Canada’s actions

Methods for Sampling

Laboratory Methods for the Analysis of Microplastics in the Marine Environment: Recommendations for quantifying synthetic particles in waters and sediments

Methods for sampling and detection of microplastics in water and sediment: A critical review


A Scientific Perspective on MicroPlastics in Nature and Society

Distribution, Abundance, and Spatial Variability of Microplastic Pollution in Surface Waters of Lake Superior

Microplastics in Aquatic Systems: An Assessment of Risk

Microplastics in Drinking-Water

Microplastics in fisheries and aquaculture Status of knowledge on their occurrence and implications for aquatic organisms and food safety

Sink to River – River to Tap, A Review of Potential Risks from Nanoparticles and Microplastics


Occurrence of Microplastics in Water…Size Does Matter!


A review of the cost and effectiveness of solutions to address plastic pollution