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Ensure proper waste management

Ensure proper waste management

The Environment, Forest and Climate Change minister has rightly pointed out that efficient waste management is necessary to achieve Millennial Development Goals or MDGs. Proper waste management is absolutely essential to ensure improvement of the environment.

A recent study conducted by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) estimates that 40 per cent of the total solid waste generated by the urban centres in the country remains uncared for. Other cities and towns are not in a much better state either. If the urban areas are struggling with management of solid waste, the rural areas are facing no less an alarming development involving fast depletion of organic matter there. About 83 per cent of soil in rural areas has been found to have less than 3.5 per cent organic content, confirming that the quality of soil was deteriorating there.

Clearly, the country's declining physical environment and soil fertility are a cause for serious concern. Dhaka city alone produces 3,800 tonnes of solid waste a day and in the wet season the waste generation records a 46 per cent rise. This is indication enough of the increasing challenges the urban centres face for disposal of waste. Both domestic and some industries produce organic solid waste where the domestic share is certainly greater. But when it comes to chemical waste and effluent, industries and factories are the main culprits. Organic solid waste cannot only be disposed of in a more systematic manner but also economically.

Application of advanced technology can separate solid matters in a manner where the harmful portion can be destroyed or recycled, leaving the major portion for use as sources of renewable energy. It was given to understand that such plants would be set up in convenient places outside of the capital for generation of power. But not much is heard about the progress of such a project these days. Here is a solution to the garbage management problem—one that can be of help in getting rid of solid waste and at the same time will contribute to power generation.  There obviously is a connection between waste disposal problem and health problems. Sure enough, the immediate consequence is a sharp decline in sanitation. Poor and lack of sanitation causes environmental degradation leading to proliferation of vermin and germs. No wonder, the people are suffering from various health problems particularly this wet season. The situation is at its worst in slums where urban services are almost absent.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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