Plastic waste: Cox’s Bazar under threat

Bangladesh’s most popular tourist town, Cox’s Bazar, is under serious environmental threat due to plastic waste, experts have said.

Some 124 tonnes of rubbish, including plastic, is removed daily from the town of Cox’s Bazar.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and the Department of Environment jointly hosted a workshop on controlling plastic pollution to protect marine life and the environment in Cox’s Bazar.

Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, Md Mamunur Rashid chaired the event, while Dr Farhina Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change was the chief guest.

To keep Bangladesh’s rivers and oceans pollution-free, experts have highlighted the importance of reducing the use of single-use plastic.

Additionally, environmentalists have advocated the use of jute bundles rather than plastic.

Dr Farhina Ahmed said: “We need to stop plastic pollution from spoiling ocean water. If citizens themselves change, society and the country will follow.

She then quoted Article 18A of the Constitution of Bangladesh (Fifteenth Amendment): “The State shall endeavor to protect and improve the environment and to preserve and safeguard the natural resources, biodiversity, wetlands , forests and wildlife for present and future citizens.”

Therefore, it is the responsibility of relevant ministries to carry out this task, she added.

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In addition, the Director General of the Department of Environment, Dr. Abdul Hamid, said: “Authorities have taken action against all factories that use, produce and sell plastic, polythene or disposable plastic bags. single with a view to the High Court order in a year. ”

The department’s additional general manager, Kazi Abu Taher, said, “Cox’s Bazar is in grave danger from plastic waste. Toxic chemicals can harm the human body. Therefore, locals should be aware of plastic waste.”

Meanwhile, World Bank environmental specialist Bushra Nishat said: “78% of plastic waste is dumped on the beach at Labani Point of Cox’s Bazar every day. To prevent this from happening, young people, government experts and the private sector play an important role. role in reducing plastic pollution in coastal areas.

Three in four people worldwide want single-use plastics banned as soon as possible, according to a recently released poll.

The percentage of people asking for bans has risen from 71% since 2019, while those who said they prefer products with less plastic packaging rose from 75% to 82%, according to the IPSOS poll of more than 20,000 people in 28 countries, reports Reuters.

Bryce K. Locke