Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation.
6. With an avalanche of PPE suits, masks and sanitiser bottles in our landfills brought about by Covid, the war against single-use plastic has been reversed. Discuss in detail the underlying causes of such a situation and suggest solutions. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why this question?
Fanning the fear of infection, companies are trying to sneak single-use plastics back into the economy. This might yet be the worst fallout of the pandemic. Thanks to an avalanche of PPE suits, masks and sanitiser bottles in our landfills brought about by Covid, the war against single-use plastic has been reversed. These products are no doubt beneficial during a medical emergency of such scale, but what we’re seeing now is how companies are exploiting yet another crisis.
Key demand of the question:
One must debate upon the increasing single-use plastic in the garb of pandemic. Discuss the reasons for the same and the solutions to overcome the same.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In brief state some key facts to set the context of the question.
The answer must detail upon what ails India when it comes to meaningful action on reducing plastic waste.
With high usage of the safety kits, sanitizers, etc. the single use plastic are making a quiet comeback in large scale.
Discuss the various reasons for the same.
Suggest solutions specific to the problems.
Conclude with way forward.