Experts at a seminar on Thursday urged the government to take an initiative to reduce plastic waste in order to save environment and public health.
Mentioning various environmental hazards, they said, the problem of toxic hazardous waste poses such a potential threat to life.Jim Puckett, Founder and Executive Director of Basel Action Network (BAN), USA said plastic waste trade has lead to a serious destruction in environment and public health.
He said one of the guiding principles of the Basel Convention is to minimize the threat of hazardous waste.
Dr Shahriar Hossain, secretary-general of Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO, said Bangladesh is a signatory to Basel Convention, but it did not sign the Basel Ban Amendment that deals particularly with waste and hazardous waste management.
According to the Bangladesh National Report to the Basel Convention, Bangladesh has adopted legislation to implement the provisions of the Basel Convention and the legislation makes provision to prevent illegal traffic of hazardous and other waste.
Sirine Rached, global policy advocate, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) laid emphasis on the gaps in national plastic waste trade laws in Bangladesh.
Around 1.2 million tons of plastic waste was shipped to Bangladesh in the last three years, according to a study report launched by ESDO on Thursday in the capital.ESDO Chairperson Syed Marghub Morshed called for considering the gravity of the plastic waste trade problem as it is hampering the ecosystem of the Bay of Bengal and ultimately the sustainable development of Bangladesh.