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Maggie Oudsema, a research assistant at the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI), Grand Valley State University and John Scott, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, lower microplastic samples into Muskegon Lake. (Photo courtesy John Scott)

Microplastics may increase the risk of PFAS entering the Lake Michigan food web

ISTC researcher John Scott led a team of researchers to understand the extent to which PFAS and other contaminants attach to microplastics in waterways. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant funded the project. 

Composting food waste is localized strategy for landfill diversion

Encouraging homeowners to compost their food waste locally yields numerous economic and environmental benefits for communities. In a recent case study, ISTC researcher Shantanu Pai and his co-authors developed a framework to help city planners and community organizations estimate potential cost savings if they can get residents on board.

This post originally appeared on the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant web site. by Irene Miles, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Ever-present in our world, it’s not surprising that plastics have been found in waterways virtually everywhere, mostly showing up as microplastics. Another group of contaminants, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are, likewise, being detected in the environment all over …
ISTC’s latest fact sheet highlights the benefits of aqueous ozone treatment technology when used for sanitation in food and beverage manufacturing.

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