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Towards the effective plastic waste management in Bangladesh: a review

Abstract

The plastic-derived product, nowadays, becomes an indispensable commodity for different purposes. A huge amount of used plastic causes environmental hazards that turn in danger for marine life, reduces the fertility of soil, and contamination of ground water. Management of this enormous plastic waste is challenging in particular for developing countries like Bangladesh. Lack of facilities, infrastructure development, and insufficient budget for waste management are some of the prime causes of improper plastic management in Bangladesh. In this study, the route of plastic waste production and current plastic waste management system in Bangladesh have been reviewed extensively. It emerges that no technical and improved methods are adapted in the plastic management system. A set of the sustainable plastic management system has been proposed along with the challenges that would emerge during the implementation these strategies. Successful execution of the proposed systems would enhance the quality of plastic waste management in Bangladesh and offers enormous energy from waste.

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1. Identification of the severity of waste generation and management in Bangladesh

2. Drawbacks of the plastic waste scenario has been figured out

3. Approach to a promising framework to mitigate the challenges towards plastic waste management

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Mourshed, M., Masud, M.H., Rashid, F. et al. Towards the effective plastic waste management in Bangladesh: a review. Environ Sci Pollut Res 24, 27021–27046 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-017-0429-9

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Keywords

  • Plastic waste
  • Waste plastic management
  • Waste to energy conversion
  • Bangladesh