As the pandemic continues, the scale of the personal protective equipment (PPE) pollution problem and the speed at which it’s growing is getting even more terrible.
In the haste to produce more available PPE for people around the world, our oceans are paying the price. The weakness of waste management in all countries is being exposed by the ensuing environmental damage.
Cities such as Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila have seen almost a doubling of medical waste, producing up to 280 tons more medical waste per day than before the pandemic.
In Scotland, face masks and gloves have been found littering many of its beaches. This is especially concerning as masks have been made mandatory only months ago.
Lockdowns have halted more than 80 percent of recycling chains in countries such as India, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Even in the UK, 45 percent of their recycling operations have been disrupted.
There is an urgent need for all countries to invest in their waste management practice so that we can turn the crisis around.
Marine plastic pollution around the world leaves a footprint of 8-10 million tons annually … this is equivalent to dumping a full truck of garbage into the ocean every minute.
At Karmagawa and SaveTheReef we know that we all could do better if we put our collective efforts together. The planet is so beautiful and deserves to be taken care of so that we — along with all living creatures — can enjoy it in peace.
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