In this month’s issue of Highways Magazine, Jo Bradley, Market Development Manager at SDS Limited, discusses new research into the dangers of microplastics from road run-off.

Jo writes: “For most of us, checking our tyre tread wear is a familiar routine – but have you ever stopped to consider where all that lost rubber ends up? It must go somewhere – and if you haven’t given it a second thought until now, you won’t be alone.

Pervasive microplastic pollution, including from highways, could turn out to be one of the biggest environmental elephants in the room. The trouble is, very little is known about where and how microplastics build up, where they come from and how they are transported through the river system to the sea.