Monday, 28 November, 2022

Speakers for finding innovative solution for sustainable waste management

Speakers at a seminar on Saturday stressed the need for finding an innovative and smart solution for ensuring a sustainable waste management including plastic waste management in the country.

They made the call at a high-level multi-stakeholder' seminar titled "Enabling Policy for Sustainable Plastic Waste Management" jointly organized by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Unilever Bangladesh held at a hotel here.

LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam spoke at the seminar as the chief guest. Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin, Senior Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office Md. Tofazzal Hossain Miah spoke as special guests. The event was presided over by FBCCI President Md. Jashim Uddin.

Speaking on the occasion, the LGRD Minister said, "We will have to find innovative and smart solutions for Waste Management. Moreover, waste collection is currently not considered to be sustainable as it is still not viewed as a business proposition."

He said an effective solution would be to follow the circular system which ensures that the consumption of plastic does not increase and moves towards a sustainable waste management model.

"We must also empower the value chain actors and provide holistic support to the informal sector, comprising the micro entrepreneurs, scrap dealers and waste pickers. This informal yet important sector must be facilitated, and a proper structure should be developed for our own sake."

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin said, "Waste Management is a complex process as it has multiple industries and stakeholder involvement. Our focus is to co-create policies that are practical and effective, in consultation with stakeholders, including brand owners, to intervene in the value chain."

He said there is a need to identify the mechanisms and institutional arrangements necessary to co-devise a circular plastic economy.

"Implementation of the action plan also requires the allocation of budget and resources leveraging both public and private finance. We hope that this plan will help the government achieve its vision and become a role model for other countries." Shahab added.

Senior Secretary of PMO Tofazzal Hossain Miah said that the Bangladesh government's Vision 2041 has incorporated plastic waste management in its Sustainable Urbanisation goals. "Managing plastic waste capability and efficiency will be required if we want to upgrade our country to a high-income country."