Control of Micro- and Nanoplastics in WM

FRIDAY 28 APRIL 2023 / 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (GMT+2)
Margherita Ferrante
, University of Catania (IT)





The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the massive plastic pollution from the heavy use of plastic materials, products and objects. An enormous production of plastic waste is determined, often mismanaged with consequent dispersion in the various environmental compartments. Due to erosion of exposed materials, such contamination results in microplastic (MP) and nanoplastic (NP) pollution and is highly likely to act as a vector to transport physical, chemical and biological pollutants from one area to another.
Thus, upgrading traditional waste management practices, such as reuse, recycling, landfilling and incineration, is essential to make plastic waste management sustainable to avoid this impending disaster.
The aim is to make the Webinar as interactive as possible, with delegates introducing themselves and describing any recirculation projects or issues that they are involved in. During the presentation of webinar materials, delegates are encouraged to raise issues, discuss case studies and aspects of particular interest to them.


  • Definition of the problem
    What is Plastic. Plastic spread in the environment. Micro- and nanoplastics.
  • Current WM and plastic waste management
    The picture of the current management of waste and plastic waste is presented, highlighting the current critical issues and the consequences on the environment and on the health of the population.
  • Upgrading traditional waste management practices
    We will discuss and show examples of the different types of plastic waste management used for reuse, recirculation and disposal and their performance.
  • Future perspectives and regulatory and technological interventions required

We will show future perspective with specific interventions and without specific interventions. Together we will try to imagine legislative and technological interventions suitable for eliminating the danger of the indiscriminate use of plastics.

Full Professor of General and Applied Hygiene, Director of  Environmental and Food Hygiene Laboratories (LIAA), at the University of Catania, and Director of the Hygiene Complex Unit of the Catania University Hospital. Head of the Integrated Cancer Registry CT-ME-EN. Coordinator of numerous national and international working group. Member of numerous national and international commissions and scientific societies. Member of the Task-force Environment and Health of the Italian Ministry of Health. She have had numerous awards, including the Merli Award for the Environment in 2019. Author of about 800 publications in national and international journals. Editor and Reviewer in numerous International Impacted Journals.

She has distinguished itself in the development and consolidation of new water, waste water and waste management monitoring technologies and solutions. She worked a lot for the development of green solutions and knowledge in the field of the waste management, for the acquisition of correct lifestyles and for the protection of public health. She has long been involved in the research of innovative methods for determining emerging pollutants in environment, and more recently micro- and nanoplastics (national and international patent mplastest PCT/IB2019/051838)