Paper: Covid-19 Impacts on River Plastic Pollution in Indonesia

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Paper authors Arisman Arisman
In panel on COVID-19 beyond Health Insecurity
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Abstract

Covid-19 Impacts on River Plastic Pollution in Indonesia


Arisman*
Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, UIN Jakarta & Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Indonesia.

*Corresponding Author: arisuin@gmail.com

Abstract

The positive effects of COVID-19 lockdown and movement restriction on the regional environment identified in several studies included a reduction in air pollution, improvement of air and water quality and reduced land surface temperature. In contrast, the negative effects encompassed a rise in the use of plastics and the generation of medical waste in Indonesia. Plastic products have played significant roles in protecting people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The wide spread use of personal protective gear created a massive disruption in the supply chain and waste disposal system. Millions of discarded single-use plastics (masks, gloves, aprons, and bottles of sanitizers) have been added to the terrestrial environment and could cause a surge in plastics washing up the ocean coastlines and littering the river. This paper attempts to study the potential impacts associated with plastic pollution during Covid-19 pandemic.The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has enhanced the complexities of plastic waste management. Individual responsibility, corporate action, and government policy are all necessary to keep us from transitioning from one disaster to another. Plastics have been deemed as evil polluter due to their indiscriminate littering and mismanagement amid increased plastic usage and waste generation during this unprecedented crisis.

Keywords : Covid-19 , Environmental Impact, Plastic Pollution, River Pollution, Waste Management

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Arisman Arisman