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Waste Management in Bangladesh: Current Situation and Suggestions for Action

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Public Administration, Chittagong University-4331, Bangladesh

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (10), Pages 36-42, October,14 (2016)


There is no doubt that environmental condition is degrading day after day in Bangladesh. Recently, Bangladesh faces serious problems due to huge amount of wastes which stress on the carrying capacities of its natural ecosystems and its human service systems. While having a cope with these growing problems of wastes that the government confesses that it will not possible to protect the environment by itself. Waste is one of the problems that need appropriate policy, law, effective strategy, management and cooperation. The article seeks to provide the information about the present waste management system and existing legislation in Bangladesh. It also focuses on the waste management practices at public and private initiatives. Through an extensive review of literatures, this article attempts to shed light on the need for emergent integrated cooperation between public and private initiatives at all levels. The faulty system of waste management in both cities and villages are threatened due to dumping of household, medical, industrial waste and other waste products simultaneously. With a strong and integrated cooperation effort by the government, NGOs, the media, the community leaders, municipalities, city corporations, concerned authorities, political leaders, the civil society, professional organizations and voluntary organizations, the faulty system of waste management in Bangladesh can be reduced and the situation can be improved for its citizens.


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