Reduce, reuse, recycle

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For too long, the unchecked use of plastic and mismanagement of the ensuing waste in our country has been a menace 

Raising awareness on the reduced usage of plastic, along with reusing and recycling the existing plastic in the country is of paramount importance.

To that end, it was heartening to see that, in honour of the month of victory in December, a voluntary body organized a six-day exhibition in Dhaka for the reuse of plastic.

Additionally, it was also encouraging to see the presence of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam who inaugurated the program, which gives a signal to the people that the authorities concerned are aware of the problem at hand.

However, as encouraging and important as such exhibitions are to raise awareness, they are, unfortunately, not enough.

What is needed are solutions that will address and solve this over-reliance on plastics, whether it be through alternatives such as jute products, or better plastic waste management.

For too long, the unchecked use of plastic and mismanagement of the ensuing waste in our country has been a menace to our growing economy — this overuse of plastic results in problems such as clogged drainage systems, damaged wildlife habitats and marine eco-systems, and a general overall poorer quality of the local environment.

In addition, with plastic being a huge factor in aggravating the effects of climate change, and Bangladesh is already among the most vulnerable countries to its effects, we are doing ourselves no favours by continuing this destructive practice.

As such, a more concerted effort, spearheaded by the government, relevant organizations, and stakeholders is the need of the hour to abolish the problem plastic poses.