Just when many countries around the world were trending in the right direction by limiting single use plastics to mitigate plastic waste to oceans and landfills, the pandemic came along. The resulting shutdown in many countries led to an upsurge in the demand for plastic food packaging due to restrictions around dining out and more people ordering in as they work from home.
In addition, the widespread use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks and disposable gloves, which are important for the protection of health care workers as well as individual citizens has generated more demand for single use plastics. It is anticipated that the demand for these PPE will remain high as the pandemic persists.
Many governments are now facing pressure to lift restrictions on single use plastics due to the increase in demand caused by the pandemic. At the same time, they must deal with unprecedented levels of plastic food packaging and PPE waste, many of which end up in our oceans and landfills due to improper disposal. Individuals can help by doing their part to properly dispose of plastic waste.
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