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Bangladesh wants to recycle 80% plastic by 2030

  • Published at 12:07 am October 18th, 2021
Use of single-use plastic item increased significantly, especially over the past one year, which saw a rise on online deliveries of food and other products amid Covid-19 restrictions Dhaka Tribune

Ban on import of plastic waste demanded by business leader

The government is set to finalize a sustainable plastic management plan as a part of building a plastic pollution-free Bangladesh in collaboration with the World Bank.

"The government will continue its initiative to build a plastic waste-free Bangladesh by implementing the 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) policy currently being implemented with the cooperation of all concerned," Environment Secretary Md Mostafa Kamal said on Sunday. 

He made the comment while addressing a review meeting, titled "Toward a Multisectoral Action Plan for Sustainable Plastic Management in Bangladesh" held at the Secretariat in the afternoon.

The action plan is likely to be published at the end of October after the approval of environment minister.

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Currently, 37% of plastic waste in Bangladesh is recycled. The action plan sets a target of recycling 50% of plastics by 2025 and 80% by 2030.

In his speech, President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Jasim Uddin recommended the ban on import of plastic waste from abroad. 

"The country's policy of reuse, recycling and reduction of plastic waste will not be effective if plastic waste is imported from abroad."

He also recommended starting the commercial production of Sonali Bags, a biodegradable plastic product made of jute, invented by Bangladeshi scientist Md Mobarak Hossain.

"... The business community has the interest to invest on this," the FBCCI president added.

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