The Biodegradable Materials Institute reports that on February 16, 2023, Bangladesh government Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin said the government has taken steps to reduce the single-use of plastic by 90 percent by 2026.
"In addition, it also plans to increase the recycling rate of plastic waste to 80 percent by 2030, reducing the amount of plastic waste generated to 30 percent by then."
The environment minister was speaking as the chief guest at a solid waste management seminar at a city hotel on Feb. 16. He said the government has drawn up a three-year action plan to stop the use of single-use plastics in coastal areas and will increase the use of eco-friendly and biodegradable materials . And biodegradable material products have now penetrated into the lives of the people, like: compost bin bags, compostable poop bags, biodegradable carry bags,etc.
As chief guest, Shahab Uddin said the government has formulated a three-year action plan to check single-use plastics in coastal areas and increase the use of eco-friendly and biodegradable materials.
The minister said that hazardous waste management rules were formulated in 2021 for solid waste management, adding that medical waste regulations are being updated.
The government's National 3R Waste Management Policy aims to completely eliminate waste disposal in open spaces, rivers, drains, canals and plains and encourage waste recycling by enforcing separation of waste at source while creating a market for recycled products, he added.
As more and more countries begin to pay attention to environmental protection, eco-friendly materials will become more and more popular.