Expert: Small Plastic Being Found In Soil

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Researchers say when plastic breaks down, it forms into tiny particles that lay in the ground for years.

They say some of those particles are then ingested by fish and other animals and could end up on our dinner table.

Dr. Lorena Rios studies the impact of plastic waste in the twin ports and she said she was surprised by the amount that she has found.

“The plastic that I found here totally surprised me– because this is more than the smaller the size of plastic is worse.” Dr. Lorena Rios, Associate Professor at UWS.

Dr. Rios has studied plastic waste and its environmental impacts in Southern California’s Pacific Ocean and now studies Lake Superior.