As cities and states work to plan re-opening after the coronavirus pandemic, Greenpeace is warning them against the widespread use of disposables after the government rejected CDC recommendations.

In an emailed statement, Greenpeace is urging restaurants to follow government and hygienic guidelines, without resorting to the disposable cups, utensils and menus proposed by the CDC.

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Greenpeace USA Oceans Campaign Director John Hocevar said in an emailed statement, “As governments look toward reopening businesses and restaurants, to require widespread single-use utensils, dishes, bags, and menus would be an ecological disaster leading to more plastic pollution, increased forest destruction, and worsened climate change. It would not protect workers or customers from COVID-19, as close proximity and hand to surface contact would continue as workers remove and dispose of throwaway foodware. Increased disinfecting practices, dishwashing, and distancing have already been urged by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent the spread of the virus and should continue to help keep everyone safe.

“Governments should not be rushing to put people’s lives on the line to keep profits flowing. Instead, they should be supporting workers and small businesses by providing the benefits needed to avoid people being forced back to work before it is safe. Our lives are more important than corporate profits.”

Hocevar notes in the statement that businesses should not be wasting money purchasing disposable items, instead they should hire dishwashers to benefit the labor market.

“While some disposables have inevitably increased during the current crisis, we should not be making them the norm. When the pandemic has passed, frontline communities will still face increased health risks from petrochemical facilities, our oceans and waterways will be flooded with even more plastic pollution, and the climate emergency will continue. We cannot be so shortsighted in our ‘solutions’ to the current crisis that we ignore or worsen the ones we all continue to face daily,” said Hocevar.

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