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River Mersey found to have more microplastics in the water than anywhere else on Earth

 

The River Mersey that runs through Trafford has been found to have more microplastics in the water than anywhere else on the planet.

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River Mersey in Trafford image: @hpeckitt

With around 2 million microplastics per square kilometre (1 square metre is approx 0.3861 square miles) the River Mersey was proportionally more polluted than the Great Pacific Cabbage Patch which is located near to the Northern Pacific.

Greenpeace checked out 13 rivers in the UK and all had a large number of microplastics in the water.

During the campaign, water voles were seen eating plastics, swans building nests with plastics.

Incredibly 5 out of the 13 rivers tested had microbeads in the water which was banned in early 2018 here in the UK.

As a thought, we wonder how many microplastics are in the Bridgewater Canal? we have asked Greenpeace if this can also be checked.in

A bill is to be introduced to clear up plastics from our rivers later this year.

 

 

 

 

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