The Westwood Lab’s Research Associate, Jackie Saturno and her colleagues published a plastic pollution paper in Environmental Pollution, “An emerging source of plastic pollution: Environmental presence of plastic personal protective equipment (PPE) debris related to COVID-19 in a metropolitan city”. This study was completed in collaboration with Environmental Scientist and lead author, Justine Ammendolia, as well as Amy Brooks and Dr. Jenna Jambeck from University of Georgia and Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs from University of Guelph.
Read the Toronto Star, Huffington Post Canada and Globe and Mail press releases on this project that highlights the need to increase public awareness on PPE disposal and improve collection methods. An editorial piece with the Canadian Science Policy Centre is also available here regarding this project.
Citation: Ammendolia, J., Saturno, J., Brooks, A. L., Jacobs, S., & Jambeck, J. R. (2020). An emerging source of plastic pollution: Environmental presence of plastic personal protective equipment (PPE) debris related to COVID-19 in a metropolitan city. Environmental Pollution, 269, 116160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116160