WG5 – Remediation, recovery and development of sustainable alternative to plastic materials- aims to identify reuse, recycling, and recovery alternatives for environmental plastics and to define technological approaches for new recycling and recovery alternatives. The WG5 activities are focused on topics related to the development of prevention/mitigation/remediation strategies to reduce the presence of macro-, meso, micro and nanoplastics in the environment. WG5 will consider different approaches from the improvement of recycling process and technologies, the usage of natural and biodegradable polymers as alternative to traditional polymers, up to bioremediation and mitigation actions based on the optimization of advanced oxidation process, membrane and coating technologies, etc.
Subgroups and subgroup leader
WG5 Kick-off meeting, on-line (21st April 2022)
First activity of this meeting was introduction of COST Action PRIORITY to the WG5 participants, as well as short self-introduction of the participants. The discussion of the main topics lead to several decisions:
1) to perform a reconnaissance of the WG5 members by collecting information on participant expertise and facilities through an on-line survey;
2) to define the WG5 substructure on the basis of availability, expertise and specific interest of WG5 members;
3) to organize the TRAINING SCHOOL – Micro and nanoplastic pollution: detection and mitigation, present and future challenges associated to the 3rd International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in Mediterranean Sea, μMED (28-30 September 2022) in Naples, Italy, Partenope Congress Center.
Completed or ongoing activities
The TRAINING SCHOOL – Micro and nanoplastic pollution: detection and mitigation, present and future challenges associated to the 3rd International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in Mediterranean Sea, μMED (28-30 September 2022) in Naples, Italy, Partenope Congress Center was organized as a hybrid event including participation both in presence and online thus allowing the participation of more than 51 participants per day.
The School has offered an overview on methods and techniques under investigation to early career researchers, to allow them to develop innovative solutions to detect and mitigate microplastics contamination. The school was organised by the Local committee constituted by researchers of the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials of the National Research Council of Italy (IPCB CNR) and it was supported by the Cost Committee including all the Management Committee members.
The abstracts of the trainees were collected in a e-book edited by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche IPCB/DSCTM © Cnr Edizioni, anno 2022 Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7 – 00185 Roma ISBN 978-88-8080-365-2 (electronic edition).