Experts at a discussion in Chittagong on Tuesday urged people to beat plastic pollution which would cause serious health and environmental hazards.
Plastic waste was a threat to public health as it entered the food chain, said speakers at a discussion meeting organised by the Department of Environment at the city restaurant to mark World Environment Day 2018.
Chittagong Port Authority member (administration and planning) Zafar Alam presented the keynote paper.
He said every year in the world 50,000 crore plastic bags and 80,000 crore water bottles were produced while more than 80 lakh tonnes of plastic wastes were dumped into the sea every year.
‘In Bangladesh, plastic raw materials worth Tk 2,000 crore are imported every year and of the 24,000 tonnes of wastes generated per day, eight per cent is plastic wastes,’ said Zafar Alam.
‘To beat plastic pollution, we need to redesign or reshape our behaviour relating to the consumption and production of plastic,’ he suggested.
Addressing at the programme chief guest, divisional commissioner of Chittagong Md Abdul Mannan said that as plastic was cheaper and available, the use of plastic products increased in last few decades.
Chittagong University institute of marine science and fisheries professor Md Shahdat Hossain said that in offices and workplaces, use plastic materials should be banned.
DoE Chittagong director Md Azadur Rahman Mallick and Mokbul Hossain and divisional forest officer Golam Mowla were also present in the meeting.
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