How Covid-19 adds to plastic waste: a man carries takeaway meals packed in single-use boxes carried in single-use plastic bags while wearing a single-use face mask in Hong Kong. Photo: AFPHow Covid-19 adds to plastic waste: a man carries takeaway meals packed in single-use boxes carried in single-use plastic bags while wearing a single-use face mask in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP
How Covid-19 adds to plastic waste: a man carries takeaway meals packed in single-use boxes carried in single-use plastic bags while wearing a single-use face mask in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

Covid-19 an ecological disaster for Asia as single-use plastics pile up and recycling is rolled back

  • Single-use plastic personal protective equipment is being incinerated in the Philippines when reusable alternatives could be used instead
  • Waste sorting has dropped because of fear of Covid-19, and plastic bag bans have been set aside. Poor countries must learn from their mistakes, activist says

Topic |   Wellness
How Covid-19 adds to plastic waste: a man carries takeaway meals packed in single-use boxes carried in single-use plastic bags while wearing a single-use face mask in Hong Kong. Photo: AFPHow Covid-19 adds to plastic waste: a man carries takeaway meals packed in single-use boxes carried in single-use plastic bags while wearing a single-use face mask in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP
How Covid-19 adds to plastic waste: a man carries takeaway meals packed in single-use boxes carried in single-use plastic bags while wearing a single-use face mask in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP
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