Continued use of polythene and other plastic products is affecting the environment all over the world. Marine life is one of the most severely affected, with people randomly throwing plastic waste into the water. Besides, as per Earth Day Network (2018), plastic contributes eight percent of the country’s waste which is equivalent to 800,000 tonnes. Of them, around 200,000 tonnes go into the ocean and rivers. In the rainy days, plastic waste also causes great difficulty for the citizens as it blocks most of the drains of the cities, which in turn render the roads unusable.
The government had banned polythene bags in 2002 and amended the Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act 1995 in 2010. The goal was to discourage people from using plastic products. But alas!The use of polythene and other such products is increasing alarmingly; nothing can prevent the use and careless disposal of this harmful material. So the government must renew its drive against plastic and implement the related laws for the sake of public health as well as the environment.