Bangladesh generates around 35,000 tonnes of solid waste in the urban areas every day, says a press release.
It is predicted that waste production will increase to 47,000 tons a day by 2025 which will generate 1,71,55,000 tons of waste at the end of the year 2025.This information was revealed at a community consultation programme titled ‘Sustainable and Proper Waste Management’ organised by Environment and Social Development Organisation (ESDO) at Lalmatia in the city on Saturday.
Speakers at the programme said that this mounting waste is harming human health by contaminating surface and groundwater, soil and air.
To resolve the problem ESDO launched a project titled “Building Zero Waste Communities for a Pollution-Free Environment in Bangladesh”. The ultimate target of this project is to build the “Zero Waste Community” model towards ending environmental health risks, said the press release.
Executive Director of ESDO Siddika Sultana, Secretary General of ESDO Dr Shahriar Hossain, Assistant Chief Waste Management Officer (Planning) of DNCC Hasina Tasnim Moutusi, Councilor of 32 no Ward of DNCC Sayed Hasan Nur Islam Ruston and Principal of Lalmatia Housing Society School and College Akmal Hossain were present in the programme.