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ED: Upping our recycling game

  • Published at 12:28 am October 19th, 2021
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DHAKA TRIBUNE

Currently, 37% of plastic waste in Bangladesh is recycled

It is good to see that the government is in the process of finalizing a sustainable plastic management plan -- a plan that would see Bangladesh recycling 80% of its plastic waste by 2030.   

The government has not had the best track record when it comes to waste management. In fact, after setting up trash bins all over Dhaka, most of the bins have been stolen or are damaged beyond repair due to mismanagement. But even with setbacks, the government has been trying its best in order to play its part against the international threat of global warming. With countries around the world putting greater emphasis on recycling, it is good to see the government catching up with the times.  

Environment Secretary Md Mostafa Kamal had announced the plan on Sunday. The plan comes as a part of the initiative of the government to build a plastic waste-free Bangladesh by implementing the 3R policy (reduce, re-use, recycle). Currently, 37% of plastic waste in Bangladesh is recycled. The roadmap aims to bring the number up to 50% by 2025, and 80% by 2030.   

More of these plans need to be undertaken -- Bangladesh has always had a spotty track record when it comes to waste management in general, and the government needs to try harder in order to rectify this problem. But in the meantime, plans like this are a good sign. The government just needs to make sure that the management and implementation are done correctly, and the rest will then follow.

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