Covid-19 is all-subsuming; it makes difficult thinking or acting on issues that made up our world yesterday and would stay in our world of tomorrow. One such issue is that of plastic — the most ubiquitous substance in our lives that fills up our land and oceans, polluting them and adding to our health stress. The current health emergency has normalised the use of plastic as we use more and more of it as protection measures against the virus. Plastic protection gear — from gloves and masks to body suits — so critical in this “war” against Covid-19, will also contribute to the mountains of trash in our cities if they are not incinerated in properly controlled and managed medical waste disposal facilities.
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First Published: Sun, July 26 2020. 22:57 IST