Sustainable Plastic Management Plan launched
Published : 20 Dec 2021, 17:44
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin today launched Multisectoral Action Plan for Sustainable Plastic Management in Bangladesh for attaining Sustainable Development Goals.
He launched this Plastic Management Action Plan at a programme organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in association with the World Bank at the Hotel Intercontinental here.
The launching ceremony of "Towards a Multisectoral Action Plan for Sustainable Plastic Management in Bangladesh" was chaired by Md. Ashraf Uddin, Director General, Department of Environment (DoE), while Md Mostafa Kamal, Secretary of the ministry; Espen Rikter Svendsen, Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh; Md Jashim Uddin, President, FBCCI; and Dandan Chen, Acting Country Director of World Bank were present.
While speaking as the chief guest, Shahab Uddin said the government of Bangladesh has made a robust commitment to fight the plastic threat, a ministry press release said.
"Bangladesh was the first country to ban single-use plastic bags in 2002. The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has felt the necessity of a set of initiatives and subsequent action plans to reduce plastic pollution in association with the World Bank. We must pledge to manage waste suitable for a middle-income country," he said.
The minister said the Action Plan emphasised on promoting a circular plastic economy by strengthening 3R (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) strategies and targets that Bangladesh wants to confirm and execute through endorsing holistic social inclusion.
This approach can contribute to the promotion of a green growth pathway in Bangladesh, delivering economic gains that are both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive, he said.
"We should encourage more people to reduce the use of plastic in our day to day life. I want to request everyone to try and use alternatives for plastic products and recycle the ones already in use. If we try our best to reduce the use of plastic, we will reach our goal in time. We can make our cities and country clean and green again," Shahab Uddin said.
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