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3m used plastic items displayed to pay tribute to the liberation war

  • Published at 12:29 am December 16th, 2019
They used around 3 million plastic bottles to make the monuments
Map of Bangladesh, a part of monument of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, made with used plastic bottles by BD Clean, a voluntary organization Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribujne

A nineteen feet wide and seventy-one feet longboat is under construction using the plastic bottles to show the spirit of 1971

BD Clean, a voluntary organization, on Sunday organized a six-day exhibition in Dhaka for reuse of plastic.

A monument of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was made with plastic bottle caps. A look-alike of a tiger was made by the BD clean members which symbolized the youth, said Farid Uddin, founder of the organization. 

BD clean members collected around 3.1 million plastic bottles from 57 districts of the country. They used around 3 million plastic bottles to make the monuments.

A nineteen feet wide and seventy-one feet longboat is under construction using the plastic bottles to show the spirit of 1971. Farid said that the boat is going to be ready by Monday.

Monument of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, made with used plastic bottles by BD Clean, a voluntary organization | Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam inaugurated the program at T&T sports field of Mohakhali.

Atiqul said: “Plastic damages the fertility of the land, creates a greenhouse effect, destroys marine life and biodiversity. There are around 9.6 billion tons of plastic waste in the world, only 10% are being recycled.”

He expressed grave concern for the future generation as 90% of plastic is not being recycled.

Farid told Dhaka Tribune: “It is our promise on the occasion of the victory day, that we will consciously reuse plastic. We are trying to raise awareness so that people reuse plastic as well.”

DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam at the inauguration program of the BD Clean exhibition at T&T sports field of Mohakhali in Dhaka on Sunday, December 15, 2019 | Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

“We are requesting the manufacturer of the plastic bottle industry to be responsible about reuse of plastic as part of Social Corporate Responsibility. If the manufacturers pay Tk1 to the consumer when a plastic water or cold drink bottles are returned to the shopkeeper, then, in turn, it will help with the reuse of used plastic bottles,” Farid added.

From today, BD Clean will provide bidding forms to those who are willing to buy the 3 million plastic bottles, and reuse it. From the money earned, BD Clean will be funded as it is a voluntary organization.

The exhibition will be open every day from 10 am to 8 pm till Friday.