When we reduced the production of single use plastic in the state of Odisha, there came an upsurge in its production, the credit of which goes to the COVID-19 pandemic, which boosted its production for the packaging of millions of single use masks, test kits and gloves.
Environmentalists have already raised the alarm of ocean pollution amidst the coronavirus pandemic, which has added gallons of plastic waster to our environment.
This is now becoming a threatening factor for the lives of millions aquatic animals.
Environmentalists have reported millions of disposable masks floating across the sea like jellyfish. Not only masks but also sanitizer bottles and latex gloves have been clogging the sea bed at an alarming rate.
A Hong Kong based Oceans Asia also voiced similar environmental concerns after they conducted a study on waste generated due to COVID-19 in Soko Island.
Expert says that these disposable masks have a life span of 450 years and contain plastics like polypropylene.
Asian Development Bank estimated 280 tonnes of medical waste per day in Philippines, and 212 tonnes waste alone produced by Jakarta.
A parallel crisis has emerged for India due to the piling up of bio-wastes due to COVID-19.
Disposal of the wastes is a major issue linked to the segregation of these wastes. Experts have stated that even a slight mistake on our part can lead to another greater disaster.
The coronavirus is here to stay for long. It has now become a part of our lives, so we need to find more sustainable solutions to deal with this pandemic and prevent any future pandemics.