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Dhaka's plastic waste swells

Dhaka's plastic waste swells



In 2002 bangladesh became the first  country in the world to ban  polythene however the government has not  been able to create  an alternative to pythin in the last two  decades  now a recent study has found that the  plastic waste in dakar has  tripled in the last two decades  our swan jasmine sommer  gives us the details from dhaka  listening  dhaka the capital of bangladesh is  situated on the banks of the river  guriganga  the immense beauty of this river can  only be seen through the eyes of a bird  because as soon as you put your feet on  the ground thick layers of polythene  and plastic waste emerge from the dirt  locals once used to drink the river's  fresh water  it was also rife with fish  but over time plastic and polythene  waste  continue to be dumped in the river  today  you get a sense of just how much plastic  waste  has polluted this part of the city  similarly in the mirapura area of dhaka  one can see the extent of  plastic and polythene waste in the  canals  besides rivers and canals polythene  waste  lines the city's drainage system too  which as a result leads to the car being  inundated  bodies polythene use is increasing in  homes  markets and shops entering the largest  retail  and wholesale market of the capital  karwan bazaar  the so-called ban on polythene seems  like an urban legend  according to the world bank's dhaka  office where the capital produced an  average of 178 tons of plastic waste  per day in 2005 the figure for 2020  stands at 646 tons  plastic buried underground does not rot  even after 500 years  a report published in the journal of  science of the total environment  in march this year stresses that plastic  waste  in bangladesh is being dumped in water  or low-lying lands  which is destroying the biological  quality of soil and water  this plastic is even finding its way  into the human body through the food  cycle  and it is playing a role in creating  various complex diseases  including cancer  gauzier children a zoology teacher at  dhaka  university who took part in the study  said her country is headed towards dire  consequences  open source technologies  plastic bottles  bottles are there in the river and ocean  cleaners are also facing challenges to  manage the sheer scale  of the city's plastic waste  unlike developed or developing countries  bangladesh has not  yet introduced any modern system for  separate disposal of  recyclable or non-recyclable plastic  waste  there is no effective government  initiative to make people over  as a result people are using polythene  randomly or freely for various needs of  daily life  experts believe that alternative uses of  polythene  and recycling plastics are essential to  preventing contamination by plastic  the government itself admits that  dealing with its plastic waste problem  is not going well although the use of  polythene was  banned by law in 2002 it has not been  implemented yet in fact  in january this year the high court set  a one-year deadline  to enforce the ban again.

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