Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Plastics Technology

Marine Microplastic Removal Tool

Remediation Strategy
Plastic Type
Invention Category
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Location Invented

Effectiveness or Ecological Impact

Peer-reviewed Effectiveness

The removal rate is 63% (Shen et al., 2021). The removal of rubber particles in the 100–300 µm fraction from the filter inflow was between 46–97% at 6 out of 9 rains (Shen et al., 2021). The removal efficiency for tire flakes is 90.72% (Sembiring et al., 2021). The removal efficiency for 0.39 mm plastic flakes 0.39 mm is 97.7%. For 0.68 mm plastic flakes, removal efficiency is 94.3% (Sembiring et al., 2021). The cumulative microplastic removal rate is 85% (Sarkar et al., 2021).


Fisher, J. (2018, August 17). How To Clean Sand: Volunteers Take On Microplastics At Oregon Coast. OPB.
Peer-reviewed Effectiveness

Sarkar, D. J., Das Sarkar, S., Das, B. K., Praharaj, J. K., Mahajan, D. K., Purokait, B., Mohanty, T. R., Mohanty, D., Gogoi, P., Kumar V, S., Behera, B. K., Manna, R. K., & Samanta, S. (2021). Microplastics removal efficiency of drinking water treatment plant with pulse clarifier. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 413, 125347.; Sembiring, E., Fajar, M., & Handajani, M. (2021). Performance of rapid sand filter – single media to remove microplastics. Water Supply, 21(5), 2273–2284.; Shen, M., Hu, T., Huang, W., Song, B., Zeng, G., & Zhang, Y. (2021). Removal of microplastics from wastewater with aluminosilicate filter media and their surfactant-modified products: Performance, mechanism and utilization. Chemical Engineering Journal, 421, 129918.; Ward, 2015.


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