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Sweden Stakes Out Its Turf on Microplastics in Fake Grass

May 30, 2019, 5:00 AM

New measures are needed to protect waterways and marine life by curbing the release of microplastics from fields and playgrounds made with artificial turf, Sweden’s environment agency said.

While there is still some uncertainty related to the spread of tiny rubber and plastic particles, artificial turf is thought to be a major source of contamination that can find its way into waterways, according to the agency.

Eventually, particles can flow to the sea via the air, snow, rainwater, or wastewater, where they are slow to degrade and harmful to marine life.

In a new report, the agency identifies ...