Although plastic waste management rules are in force in the country, their implementation remains poor. Improving the enforcement of plastics rules, as well as enforcing a stricter ban on single-use plastics is a critical need. In addition, there is a need for more data and research on microplastics and their impact on our river systems.
“We need to face the threat of plastic to aquatic life in a more realistic way and with a futuristic eye. Various stakeholders, including industry, government and civil society organizations, need to unite their efforts to improve plastic waste management and subsequent reduction of microplastics. pollution, ”said Satish Sinha, associate director of Toxics Link.
Microplastic pollution in the Ganges River can have many ramifications, as its water is used for various purposes, which can have a severe impact on the environment as well as human health. The river is the main source of drinking water for the towns along its banks, and microplastic pollution is a cause for concern.
The other main findings of the study are as follows: Fragments were the predominant form in all locations, followed by film and fiber. A slight difference was observed in Kanpur because the fibers were more abundant than the films; the most common size range observed in all samples was