So, according to experts, by the end of August this year, more than 8 million tons of plastic waste associated with the coronavirus were sold. Moreover, the researchers found that more than 25 thousand tons of them are already in the ocean.
In order to calculate this damage, specialists from the University of California and Nanjing used a model that reproduces the distribution of plastic waste in the aquatic environment due to the pandemic in 193 countries. It turned out that the pandemic generated 8.6 million tons of plastic waste. And the source of most of them turned out to be hospitals.
Scientists have predicted that in just three to five years, most of this garbage will go to beaches or sink to the bottom. At the same time, they are worried about the part that will remain in the oceanic basins. It is assumed that by 2025 this could lead to the emergence of a polar zone of plastic accumulation in the Arctic Ocean.