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Proper management of e-waste stressed for safe environment

Proper management of e-waste stressed for safe environment

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Civil society leaders in a programme on Saturday called for proper implementation of e-waste management rules, removing legal loopholes, creating awareness among consumers and public-private sector concerted efforts for recycling to keep public health and environment safe.

Profitable public and private partnership efforts should be taken for an effective waste management business model for a better and livable environment, they said.

They made the call at a sharing meeting titled “Review of E-waste Rules 2021 and Business Models’ Compliance of Electronic Goods Manufacturers with Environmental Sustainability”.

Research and advocacy organisation Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE) organised the meeting its Civic Centre in the capital.

In the programme, the speakers also urged the authorities concerned to speed up monitoring on implementation of the e-waste related acts and rules.

Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) Mihir Biswas, environmental activist Aminur Rasul, Johirul Hasan of Sony-Rangs spoke in the meeting.

Among others, the leaders of various environmental and social movements and representatives of various professional associations, including NGOs, civil society representatives, teachers, journalists and women leaders were present in the event.

Addressing the programme, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud said Bangladesh is generating e-waste at the rate of 20 percent per year, which is more than many Asian countries. By 2035, the country will generate 46 lakh 20 thousand tons of e-waste every year. Bangladesh sells electrical goods of 1.36 billion dollar a year. 40 percent of them are refrigerators and 30 percent are televisions. However, in terms of numbers, the most useable electric content is the mobile phone. About half of all mobile phone consumers buy more than one mobile phone each year and throw away one which creates enormous amount of e-waste. And only 3 percent of the total e-waste generated in Bangladesh are recycled and rest are dumped in landfills, rivers etc.

Selim Samad said it is time to increase the timeliness of the hasardous waste (e-waste) management rules and implement them. In addition, the government needs to research the amount of electronic products being converted into electronic waste every year in the country.

In order to build an eco-friendly e-waste recycling system in the country, the participation of all ministries, city corporations and every district administration and involvement of public is very important, he said.