About 2,500 tonnes of wastes will be produced from the plastic laminated posters during 12 days of Dhaka city election campaigns, which will be hazardous for public health and environment, revealed a study on Tuesday.
Environment and Social Development Organisation unveiled the study report at a news conference in its office in Dhaka.
It estimated that over 10,438 tonnes of laminated plastic waste would be produced from all other sources, including tradeshows, Dhaka International Trade Fair and Amar Ekushe Book fair in 2020.
The laminated posters would pose danger of waterlogging and drainage clogging in the city.
City mayoral and councillor candidates are using laminated posters to protect them from fog or rain which was not disposable, said Shahriar Hossain, secretary general of ESDO.
The report also said that the production of laminated plastic posters had been increasing since last few years and about 7,145 tonnes of such waste was produced in 2019.
The study revealed that 304 million posters were laminated during the city elections although the authorities had no mechanism to manage them.
There was no visible preparation for recycling or reusing the posters, it added.
The cleaning up and processing of these used laminated posters could reduce hazards, said ESDO chairperson Syed Marghub Murshed.
He demanded that the authorities to implement the High Court order issued on January 22 to stop the production and display of the posters.
Dhaka University chemistry department’s former chairman Abu Jafar Mahmood said that plastic laminated posters do not rot or be recycled easily and these stay in environment for years. ‘Plastic posters are like polythene bags,’ he added.
Burning the posters would create more danger in air, he further said suggesting stern actions so that no such election canvassing items would be used in future.
ESDO executive director Siddika Sultana and executive board member Shahnaz Munir, among others, were present.
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