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WASHINGTON (September 22, 2015)- A study released yesterday by the San Francisco Estuary Institute reported on quantities of microplastics found in San Francisco Bay. Sampling results varied according to sources and methodology. Two different methods were used. Particles in the samples taken from waste water treatment plants consisted primarily of fibers from fabrics, whereas surface water samples from the Bay consisted largely of fragments, which likely contained microbeads from personal care products.  The American Chemistry Council released the following statement:

"Regardless of size, plastics debris has no place in the Bay or any other waterway. In addition to a variety of other stewardship programs, America's plastics makers support legislation to phase out synthetic microbeads in personal care products that can end up in marine environments. More research is needed to determine technologies that can mitigate fibers in the wash stream."

"Every day, projects supported by plastics makers are at work around the world, helping to prevent debris from reaching our oceans. In 2011, the American Chemistry Council helped develop the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter , which has been signed by over 60 companies in 34 countries-through which  more than 185 projects have been planned, initiated, or completed  by plastics companies around the world. Major projects in the United States include providing away-from-home recycling bins on beaches and in state parks, sponsoring marine debris research, promoting recycling and the recovery of energy from post-use plastics, and encouraging best practices for handling raw materials."


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