Microplastic in inland waterways – review of European rivers

Water bottle

Along river banks are found residues of waste and plastics. (Source: iStockphoto)

fish larva

Young fish larva (about 12 mm) from the Danube with a plastic particle in its intestines. (Copyright: R. Krusch)

Different categories of plastic

Different categories of plastic that were quantified in the Danube: pellets (diameter: about 4 mm), flakes (length: about 2.8 mm), spherules (about 2.9 mm), other material (about 15.0 mm). (Copyright: A. Lechner)