Micro plastic collecting in Lake Geneva each year
A new survey shows tonnes of plastic waste end up in Lake Geneva every year – with much of the pollution the most dangerous type - micro plastic.
Out of the estimated 50 tonnes a year ending in the water, over half is from the tiny particles from car and truck tyres which are washed from the roads into the lake.
The study by the EPFL in Lausanne also shows most of the waste stays in the lake and is not washed away through the Rhone River. It collects as sediment on the lake floor.
The micro plastic is eaten by wildlife – mainly birds and fish – and can end up in the human food chain.