Tiny Pieces Of Plastic Pose One Of The Biggest Threats To Chicago River

"Wendella engineer Miguel Chavez climbed down a ladder and over a small dock to pull up a trap floating in the Chicago River near the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The size of a standard garbage can, the trap is designed to collect trash and can hold up to 44 pounds.

Chavez tapped the bin three times to release the contents into a trash bag. At first glance, it looked like a brownish, wet pile of leaves and twigs.

"Once you start sifting through it, it's a lot easier to see the trash," he said.

While large trash is not as big of a threat, plastic debris from food and product packaging and the smaller bits from when it breaks down has emerged as a persistent problem that affects wildlife, water quality and public health."

Adriana Pérez reports for the Chicago Tribune May 13, 2024.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 05/14/2024