the Restrictive measures introduced in the world amid the outbreak of coronavirus, led to the reduction of greenhouse gases to 5%. However, not all measures aimed at combating COVID-19, had a positive impact on the environment.
the Pandemic has caused a sharp increase in contamination of disposable and plastic products, said in a statement Monday the report of the UN Conference on trade and development (UNCTAD). “Our streets, beaches and oceans have undergone this tsunami of waste, including protective masks, gloves, bottles of disinfectants”, – TASS quoted the report.
the Director of the Department of international trade UNCTAD Pamela coke-Hamilton recalled that the plastic pollution was one of the major threats to the planet before the outbreak of coronavirus, and the sudden burst of daily consumption products, designed to ensure the safety of people and to stop the disease, significantly aggravated the situation. According to her, global sales of disposable masks soared from $ 800 million in 2019 to $ 166 billion in 2020.
Increased daily deliveries of food to the house, which wrapped in many packaging materials. “As a result, has multiplied the volume of plastic waste”, says the UNCTAD report.