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9 November, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Polythene menace needs to be eradicated

Polythene menace needs to be eradicated

It is encouraging to note that Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has adopted diversified measures to free the city from polythene use as it is being identified as a major problem of urban pollution. To this end, the city corporation has taken decision of getting adequate support from business communities as they have a pioneering role in substantial and sustainable reduction of polythene manufacturing and marketing. RCC Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton revealed this while addressing a view-sharing meeting with leaders and members of various business organisations in City Bhaban conference hall recently.

Polythene bags are being produced and sold in every nook and cranny of the country, including the capital, despite a ban on production and sale of the same slapped a few years ago. Polythene bags are non-biodegradable substance and do not get mixed with the soil, yet there is no halt to its multifarious uses. They choke drains and canals and impede normal flow of water threatening environment.

A section of dishonest traders manufacture and market huge quantities of the banned item ignoring its detrimental effects. The efforts to free the country from polythene menace did not show the desired success during the successive governments, and so it continued to pollute the environment. Sporadic drives are not enough to rein in the invasion of polythene, what is required is sustained round-the-year actions and surveillance.

From the insidious presence of polythene bags throughout the country it seems that the avaricious traders are enjoying some sort of privilege from certain quarters in exchange for hefty bribes. The ban on production and sale of polythene bags was imposed in 2002 to protect environment from the onslaught of the biodegradable materials. Polythene bags accumulated within rivers and canals imperil the normal aquatic life.  

The awareness campaign that started with the ban of polythene worked well with people spontaneously switching over to shopping bags made of paper and jute but that was short-lived. Things reverted to the previous position and the manufacturers began producing and selling polythene bags soon with renewed zeal. A lot of damage has already been inflicted to the environment.  

Only large-scale production and marketing of environment-friendly jute bags can resist invasion of polythene bags and people from all strata of life should use the same. If it is done, cottage industry will flourish in the country. The jute mills that have been shut down due to recurrent losses may be engaged in producing environment-friendly shopping bags. This will also contribute to employment generation. The government should take stern actions against the manufacturers and sellers of polythene bags.   

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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