Towards Osaka Blue Ocean Vision - G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter


Actions and Progress on Marine Plastic Litter
Last Update : 2023/05/16

Policy framework

National Action Plan

National Environment Policy

Brief description:
The National Environment Policy 2018 focuses on the sustainable management of Marine and Coastal ecosystem.

Legal framework

Brief description:
A draft rules of solid waste management has been prepared which include specific section of plastic waste management




Prevention and reduction of plastic waste generation

Charge for single-use plastic products (e.g. shopping bags)
  • Polythene Shopping Bags less than 20 microns has been banned in Dhaka City on January 2002.
  • Polythene Packaging and bags were banned countrywide on April 2002 along with a relaxation of Polythene for Packaging more than 55 microns. Polythene Packaging has been permitted for minnow & mushrooms more than 35 and tea 40 microns later.
The High Court division of the Supreme Court in Bangladesh ordered the government to impose ban on single use plastic products by 2021



Monitoring & Scientific research on marine plastic litter

Actions for encouraging monitoring / scientific research on plastic flows and ocean surface microplastics
Names of actions:
A study report on ‘‘Sustainable Management of Plastic to leverage Circular Economy and Achieve SDGs in Bangladesh” has been formulated with the help of World Bank (WB). The primary objective of this study is to build an integrated solid waste management system for marine plastic waste reduction as well as a circular economy model for plastic in Bangladesh, using robust field sampling and stakeholder analysis. This assignment documented the current waste management system (e.g. hotspots for marine plastic debris, waste composition, and material flow of waste plastics). It also identified relevant stakeholders involved in the life cycle of plastic and their needs and potential opportunities around awareness rising. This report presents the findings of the assessment of hotspots for marine plastic debris around Dhaka, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar. For Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar, a rapid survey was conducted around selected locations. For Dhaka city, the study was conducted in a detailed manner.
Engagement in international/regional level actions for encouraging monitoring / scientific research on plastic flows and ocean surface microplastics
Names of actions:
To know the status of marine litter, Bangladesh has formulated a Country Report on marine litter status with the help of South Asia Co-operative Environment Program (SACEP) in 2018.

Best practices

International cooperation
For controlling plastic pollution at sea and for protecting ocean, Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA) has been formed and Bangladesh has joined CCOA formally in 2019.

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