Toward Recycling of Marine Debris - Analysis of Microplastics Using FTIR
Figs. 1 show the fishing nets and fishing lines collected at Majorca island in Spain and Texel island in the Netherlands. Figs. 2 show fishing nets obtained at a recycling plant. The results of measurement using FTIR showed that, polyethylene was the main component in many cases, and the other components were polypropylene .
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer
FTIR can qualitatively analyze organic matter and some inorganic matter, so it allows quick determination of the main components of fishing nets.