“COVID-19 is often described as a sudden shock. In fact, some say it was a known risk that policymakers chose to ignore. The last thing the world needs is to allow other well-known threats to remain unaddressed. And, when it comes to plastic waste, the warning bells have been ringing loud and clear for years.” (Eco-Business, 2020)
Plastics have been widely used during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has helped frontline health workers and citizens in helping to curb its transmissions. Personal protective equipment (PPEs), face masks, and the use of plastic food packaging for home deliveries have increased. In Thailand alone, plastic waste has increased from 1,500 tons to 6,300 tons per day. It is essential to protect everyone, but environmental threats due to excessive plastic use should also be considered.
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