Plastic Waste – Consequence of the Covid-19 Pandemic – More going to Landfill

According to an April 13, 2020 Wired story “… recyclables like bottles and cans and cardboard are, in many places, going straight to the dump …; it doesn’t make economic sense … to process and sell recycled materials if they end up being more expensive than … virgin plastic …; no one notices, that the quality of the waste is going down; … single-use plastics are more popular than ever as people panic-buy; … restaurants … sell you a to-go bag full of individually wrapped dishes …; many recyclers have shut down in response to the pandemic. Curbside recycling programs have been suspended by dozens of county and local governments … Recycling facilities are struggling to figure out how to protect their workers, who are concerned about virus exposure from handling materials … All told, the coronavirus crisis is producing more and more waste that’s either contaminated or not economical to recycle … [There] needs to be a significant paradigm shift in human behavior where plastic is deemed as a resource and not a waste …” #Recycling #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging