Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md Mostafa Kamal said the government is finalising a sustainable plastic management plan as part of building a plastic pollution-free Bangladesh.
He said 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.
At the meeting, FBCCI President Jasim Uddin recommended banning the import of plastic waste from abroad.
He said the country's policy of reuse, recycling and reduce of plastic waste would not be effective if plastic waste is imported from abroad.
He also recommended that the Sonali Bag invented through a special project under the Ministry of Textiles and Jute be produced through the private sector. He told the meeting that businessmen would invest in making it popular.
It was informed in the meeting that currently 37 percent of plastic waste is recycled. The Plastics Action Plan sets a target of recycling 50 percent of plastics by 2025 and 80 percent by 2030, reducing plastic waste production by 30 percent by 2030, and avoiding single-use plastics by 90 percent by 2026. It was decided to finalize the draft action plan by accepting the recommendations of the members present.
Apart from Md. Moniruzzaman, Additional Secretary( Environmental Pollution Control), representatives of various Ministries, City Corporations, WASA, RAJUK, FBCCI, Plastic Products Manufacturers Association and World Bank were present at the meeting.