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Plastic not fantastic

  • Published at 11:57 pm June 7th, 2019
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Reckless plastic pollution and mismanagement of plastic waste recycling is causing massive problems

As the threat of climate change looms large -- with Bangladesh being among the most vulnerable countries to its effects -- the unchecked use of plastic in the world continues to be among the most destructive practices that aggravates the situation further. 

Indeed, as new research shows, plastic is set to be the top carbon emitter with its ever increasing use across the globe -- a problem that requires immediate addressing by global authorities.

In Bangladesh itself, reckless plastic pollution and mismanagement of plastic waste recycling is causing massive problems, blocking the country’s drainage system at an accelerating rate and harming the environment, wildlife, and the overall health of its citizens as well.

Additionally, the Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) has found that 3,744 tons of single-use plastics are produced nationwide each year, with the country discarding almost 1.1 million tons of plastic waste every year, including polythene bags -- with these numbers looking to increase with every passing year.

While the government in 2012 banned plastic production and the sale of polythene bags, the ban has clearly failed to have any major impact, and it is time for stricter policies that must be adhered to, and look to alternatives, such as bringing back the use of jute bags to replace plastic ones.

Amidst all the positive economic growth that the country is experiencing, the growth of plastic is certainly not one that is desirable to the country, and the authorities must find solutions to combat this rampant use.