It is, therefore, logical to expect that the government would be pro-active about our plastic pollution as well

It is quite distressing to learn that, according to a report by the World Bank, Bangladesh produces an average of nine kilograms of plastic waste per capita in urban areas, with the Covid-19 pandemic worsening the plastic pollution situation in the country.

As such, it is high time Bangladesh addresses this issue, and formulates a plan to reduce the use of plastic while also making it reusable and recyclable. The World Bank report already has a roadmap, a suggestion as to how the government can implement the 3Rs. All Bangladesh needs to do is modify and use it.

Bangladesh has a lot to achieve in terms of GDP growth and the SDGs, and the fact that Bangladesh is graduating to a developing country is testament to how far we have come. However, the government also needs to leave behind harmful practices that have been a way of life. Thus, Bangladesh needs to start tackling its plastic pollution problem.

Bangladesh has been vocal about climate change, and the authorities have been pro-active about minimizing our carbon emissions despite the smallness of our carbon footprint. It is, therefore, logical to expect that the government would be pro-active about our plastic pollution as well, and adopt a road map regarding this problem that we very likely can overcome.

Bangladesh has much to achieve in the next decade, but it has a lot to do in terms of building up a new, robust Bangladesh for the world to see. To that end, the authorities should heed the suggestion of experts, and do everything they can to make the future free of plastic pollution.

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