Environment, Forest and Climate Change Affairs Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury said on Sunday that the government wants to hold anyone involved in producing single-use plastics accountable.

The minister also said his ministry is taking the initiative to make rules in this regard.

Saber Hossain said this in reply to a call attention notice of the ruling Awami League MP elected from Dhaka-10 Ferdous Ahmed in Parliament.

The minister said 30,000 metric tonnes of solid waste are being produced every day throughout Bangladesh.

Of this total, around 7000 metric tonnes are being produced in Dhaka, and 10 percent of this waste is single-use plastic.

“We intend to phase out the production and distribution of single-use plastic.  We are taking action in this regard.”

The minister also proposed to ban single-use plastics. “If it is possible, it will be an example for the country.”

Earlier, while speaking on his notice, Ferdous Ahmed demanded a ban on single-use plastic products.

“If the usage of one-time plastic products cannot be stopped, it will be a challenge to protect the capital’s environment,” he also said.

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