The quick expansion of Internet and modern technology in Bangladesh has enabled the country to go for a massive digitalisation in all its sectors. Literally, Bangladesh has observed – indeed experienced – so substantial the progress in Internet and Communication Technology sector over the past one decade that it could not even think of it, in any count, after so many years of independence. The increased numbers of electronic devices in every aspect of people’s daily life imply that Bangladesh is racing very fast towards a society based on Internet and technology where the country could be able to earn a considerable amount of foreign currency by exporting technology.
With the growing popularity of technology among the people, the use of electronic devices has also increased in a faster pace. But, it seems a crucial fact – that this huge number of electronic instruments, once out of order or run-out of lifespan, can turn the whole country into a big dustbin for heaps of electronic waste or e-waste if not disposed in an eco-friendly way – has received our little concern than it really deserves. We are slightly concerned about to what degree these waste materials – being non-biodegradable in nature – could impact the environment and pose threats to our health owing to their constant release of harmful chemicals.
The country takes contentment in making way for millions of electronic devices into the domestic market, that has continued over the past several years. Electronic appliances – like smart phones, television sets, refrigerators, air conditioners, computers and thousand others – are entering the country in multitude. In the mean time, that the electronic leftovers have already posed a great threat to the environment and public health for they are usually thrown away in the open requires no further details. It is also worth concerning neither is there any awareness-making programme and adequate information available regarding e-waste hazards from the government side nor have we been able so far to formulate a specific law regarding e-waste management. The government should no longer delay in documenting unambiguous policy guidelines.
Unfortunately enough, we – as individuals – also could not make ourselves accustomed to the reuse of throwaway materials. Recycling, which could save energy and be cost-effective as well, could be the cheapest means on hand to protect ourselves from detrimental effects of e-waste. It could play a key role in sustainable waste management at the same time. Let, then, the practice of using recycled materials develop across the country.