The government is finalising a sustainable plastic management plan to build a plastic pollution-free Bangladesh, Environment Secretary Md Mostafa Kamal said Sunday.
The initiative to build a plastic waste-free Bangladesh by implementing the 3R principle – reduce, reuse, recycle – will continue, Mostafa added.
He was addressing the review meeting "Toward a Multisectoral Action Plan for Sustainable Plastic Management in Bangladesh" at the ministry.
Now, 37 per cent of plastic waste is recycled. The action plan sets a target of recycling 50 per cent of plastics by 2025 and 80 per cent by 2030, reducing plastic waste production by 30 per cent by 2030, and avoiding single-use plastics by 90 per cent by 2026.
At the meeting, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Jasim Uddin recommended banning the import of plastic waste from abroad. "The country's policy of reuse, recycling and reduction of plastic waste will not be useful if plastic waste is imported from abroad."