COVID-19 Is Impacting Our Oceans And Our Curbsides

Nov 17, 2020
Originally published on November 17, 2020 2:09 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened a crisis already facing our oceans. Thirty percent more waste is finding its way into the world's oceans and that now includes face masks and latex gloves. The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an estimated global use of 129 billion faces masks and 65 billion gloves every month.

On a local level, consumer trash consumption is also up. Rumpke Waste & Recycling is seeing an above normal amount of residential trash under the pandemic. As more people work from home, they are generating more garbage on the curb.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the impact the pandemic has had on our waste streams are SoulBuffalo Founder and Partner Dave Ford; and Rumpke Waste & Recycling Director of Corporate Communications Amanda Pratt.

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