Fate of Microplastics Released by Discarded Disposable Masks
Siyang Li 1,2
Li Zhu 3
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South China Institute of Environmental Sciences, MEE, Guangzhou, 510655, China
Guangzhou Huake Environmental Protection Engineering Co., Ltd., Guangzhou 510655, China
College of Civil and Architectural Engineering, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan, 063000, China
Submission date: 2021-10-26
Final revision date: 2022-04-13
Acceptance date: 2022-04-23
Online publication date: 2022-07-26
Publication date: 2022-09-01
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Huiyuan Zhong   

North China University of Science and Technology, China
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2022;31(5):4197-4204
The pandemic of COVID-19 has led to a surge increase in the production of masks. Due to the rapid propagation of COVID-19 and the long survival time of plastic surfaces, a large number of masks are discharged into the environment without treatment. In this paper, the release of microplastics (MPs) in nature was simulated by using mask samples irradiated by ultraviolet (UV) light. After 28 days of ultraviolet radiation, part of the main chain of the mask was broken and a large number of transparent MPs fell off. The longer the UV irradiation time, the larger the proportion of small particle MPs. The middle layer of surgical mask is the most difficult to release MPs due to charge treatment, and N95 mask is the most difficult to degrade the inner material.
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