Worries about the effects of contaminated compost

Published on July 29, 2019 at 9:52 AM

We drink, eat and breathe plastic

News source: https://www.nhnieuws.nl

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NORTH HOLLAND The Netherlands - Plastic that is brought onto land via compost can have major consequences for the environment and human health. Jeroen Dagevos of the Plastic Soup Foundation warns against this, against plastic pollution.

"This is certainly microplastic. You cannot see that with the naked eye," Dagevos points to the screen of his laptop. Under a microscope he is looking at compost containing plastic particles. "How is it possible that there is so much plastic in compost and in the entire GFT chain? That is very undesirable."

Research from NH Nieuws shows that many municipalities provide contaminated compost with plastic and often use it themselves. At least nineteen municipalities purchase compost from HVC. The waste processor itself admits that it cannot provide the highest possible quality.

ADHD by plastic

According to Dagevos there are indications that this can have major consequences. "Very little research has been done into what plastic really does to humans. Scientists are absolutely concerned. You also see, especially in animal testing, that there are effects."

In experiments with fish that received microplastics, it had an effect on the brain structure and developments. "You also see that the fish gets crazy behavior and becomes very busy, for example. Actually a kind of ADHD mechanism. Those are mechanisms that we also worry about 'towards people'."

Plastic food

The first studies into the effect on people have just begun. According to Dagevos, it is certain that we will receive a lot of plastic. "We drink plastic, we eat plastic and we breathe plastic."

According to him, that is only increasing, with the possible consequences for later generations. "The amount of plastic that a child born today comes into contact with is many times greater than what I have experienced in my life."

According to Dagevos, action is needed to limit the consequences. Not only for health reasons, but also because cleaning up the plastic can cost a lot of money if you wait too long. "The moment you know that plastic is leaking to the compost, you have to take measures. Then you don't have to wait and think 'it will be okay'. You will regret it very much."

Poluted soil

Research from NH Nieuws shows that many municipalities provide contaminated compost with plastic and often use it themselves. At least nineteen municipalities purchase compost from HVC. The waste processor itself admits that it cannot provide the highest possible quality.

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TAGS: MICROPLASTIC, PLASTIC INTAKE, BREATHING PLASTIC, ADHD, NH NIEUWS


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