For this project, a literature review was first conducted on the current use of surfactants in commercial products. Next a database was developed based on inventories taken from grocery stores, pharmacies, and general stores around Metro Vancouver with a focus on down-the-drain products containing high concentrations of surfactants. The ingredients of each consumer product were classified into specific surfactant groups and analyzed for potential load on Metro Vancouver's Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs), ecological toxicity, and methods for removing them from the wastewater stream.

Partner: Metro Van
Keywords: waste management & recycling, water

Jason Asnis