Environmentalists have suggested engaging community, enriching knowledge and bringing positive changes in practices for developing an integrated sustainable waste management.
They also stressed on enhancing skills of local stakeholders on proper waste management.
The environment experts made the suggestions at a discussion on the occasion of releasing a flagship report of Practical Action titled 'Managing Our Waste 2021: A view from the Global South' at a city hotel on Tuesday.
The Practical Action Bangladesh, an international development organisation, with the support of GreenTech Foundation Bangladesh, a local non- profit organization, published the report and organized the discussion.
Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Habibun Nahar (MP) attended the discussion as the chief guest.
Director of the Department of Environment (Dhaka Region) Md Ziaul Haque, Waste Management Sectoral Expert Dr Shafiul Azam Ahmed and Director of Urban Development Directorate (UDD) Dr Khurshid Zabin Hossain Taufique attended the discussion as panelists while Country Director of Practical Action in Bangladesh Dr Shawkat A Begum delivered the welcome address at the event.
Speaking at the discussion, Habibun Nahar said that waste management is a very important thing in the current world.
Due to the rapid and continuous increase of the population, the waste generation is increasing day by day, she said, adding that the increasing amount of waste is affecting the lives of people, especially low-income people, who are involved in waste management process.
"When we are looking for efficient waste management, we must consider the health status of the workers involved in the process," Habibun Nahar said.
Strategic Leader of Urban and Energy of Practical Action in Bangladesh Uttam Kumar Saha presented the findings of the report in the discussion while CEO and Executive Director of GreenTech Foundation Bangladesh Lutfor Rahman gave vote of thanks in the event.