Highways England looking for labs with microplastics analytical capabilities

Posted on Posted on 24 Feb 2020

Highways England commissioning research into Strategic Road Network's contribution to microplastics in the environment.

Highways England has commissioned research into the Strategic Road Network’s (SRN) potential contribution to microplastics in the water environment.


This initial research project’s purpose is to identify if run-off from the SRN is contributing to microplastics in the water environment. It will also aim to identify further detailed research required to inform Highways England policy.


A crucial part of this research project will involve identifying suitable methods to collect and analyse samples of road runoff to establish the presence or absence of microplastics.  In the coming months, Highways England will be approaching laboratories with the capability to analyse, and potentially sample, microplastics. This will lead to a commission to provide these services to inform the project.  


For more information please contact: josie.preece@highwaysengland.co.uk

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