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Thanks to their durability and versatility, plastics have reshaped our modern society and have become an essential part of our lives. However, as plastic waste accumulates, its management now represents a global environmental concern. Tiny particles of plastic debris (including micro and nano-sized plastics) have been detected in the oceans, lakes, rivers, soils, sediments, air, and in animal biomass. Plastic pollution is so ubiquitous and pervasive that it has become a severe threat to natural ecosystems, biodiversity, and human health. Global and concerted interventions are urgently needed to tackle this global challenge.
This collection will gather the latest technological solutions towards a plastic pollution-free planet. We will consider research papers that focus on reducing plastic consumption and waste, developing alternative materials, maximising sustainable waste management solutions, improving our understanding of the fate, transport, and effects of plastic pollution in different environmental matrices, and accelerating innovation in circular economy strategies.