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Keep track of your plastic wastes online

  • Published at 03:45 pm January 14th, 2020
A man and a woman sorts out plastic bottles after they are collected from roadsides and garbage bins Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Plastic waste has been a major environmental concern in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world

A web application to track plastic wastes was recently launched in Bangladesh by Dataful, a data journalism initiative.

Plastic Tracker,” as it is being called, will store data on plastic waste at individual level that can be accessed anytime by the user.

“The goal is to help people keep track their plastic wastes and raise awareness about their harmful impact on the environment,” Dataful project leader Polash Datta said.

Plastic waste has been a major environmental concern in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world, reports UNB.

On Monday, the High Court directed the government to take necessary steps to stop the use of polythene bags and single-use plastic products Bangladesh, including the coastal region, within a year.

Bangladeshi cities produced 821,250 tons of plastic wastes in 2019, and only 36% of them were recycled, Dataful said in a statement citing a survey by West Concern.

In 2017, Bangladeshis used 17.24kg of plastic goods on average at the individual level.

Plastic wastes have now become ubiquitous and a 2016 report warned that there will be more plastic in ocean than fish by 2050.

Only 5% plastics are recycled effectively, while 40% end up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems such as oceans.

The UN says that around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to five trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

A staggering eight million tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year, causing severe water pollution, it says, noting that half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once.

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