Turning wastes into gold

31 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Due to modern lifestyle, millions of tons of wastes are being produced daily by humans all over the world. These wastes are getting into the soil, rivers, oceans and even the air that we breathe in. Therefore, converting wastes into reusable material or energy is the crying need of our time. Many countries of Europe have developed advanced recycling systems of reusing wastes as raw materials for industries, turning them into useful products to become part of a lucrative circular economy.

Geographically, Bangladesh is a small country with a huge population. Therefore, it is vital for us to protect our environment from pollution from domestic and industrial wastes for the continued health of the people and welfare of the country. Furthermore, though the ready-made garments (RMG) industry of Bangladesh is a major source of foreign exchange for the economy, but at the same time the RMG is also a major source of pollution.

In view of the above situation, it is welcoming that the RMG owners are thinking of ways to reduce the wastes produced by their industries by converting these into products of value for export and earning millions. This will create a lucrative circular value chain economy based on the huge wastes produced by innumerable RMG industries in the country.

The recycling of wastes of the RMG sector can have multifarious benefits for the economy. There will be employment generation which is vital for the country having huge unemployed youths. The long term positive effect on the environment can be worth the investment needed for the recycling of the RMG industrial wastes. Last but not least, the direct financial benefits for the country through earning of foreign exchange can be noteworthy and also exemplary for other economies to follow.

History shows that we Bangladeshis have always been path-breakers in many ways. Many of us can recall how in most Bangladeshi households we have seen our elders exchanging old useless clothing to get useful household utensils, long before the word recycling was even coined. Now we can become an example of circular economy for the world by recycling the wastes from not only our RMG sector but also produced by other industries.