Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
SOIL, 8, 31–47, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-31-2022
SOIL, 8, 31–47, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-31-2022
Original research article
19 Jan 2022
Original research article | 19 Jan 2022

Are agricultural plastic covers a source of plastic debris in soil? A first screening study

Zacharias Steinmetz et al.

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To scrutinize the contribution of agricultural plastic covers to plastic pollution, we quantified soil-associated plastic debris (≤ 2 mm) in and around agricultural fields covered with different plastics. PP fleeces and 50 µm thick PE films did not emit significant amounts of plastic debris into soil during their 4-month use. However, thinner and perforated PE foils (40 µm) were associated with elevated PE contents of up to 35 mg kg−1. Their long-term use may thus favor plastic accumulation.