COVID-19 | Is India prepared to tackle the plastic waste the pandemic produces?
There is an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across India. As more people get quarantined, the subsequent demand for personal protective equipment (PPEs) increases as well. Insidiously, the amount of potentially infectious waste from households also starts increasing. As India turns its focus to recovering its economy, an increase in the responsible use of plastics can bring in new opportunities for modernisation, competitiveness, and job creation - consistent with its economic, social and environmental objectives. India must be more conscious to make this current recovery sustainable, or else we may lurch from one pandemic to another - a plastic pandemic.