The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed Bangladesh as the world's most polluted country, with an air quality level six times lower than the recommended level. This caused an increase in the number of deaths by non-communicable diseases in 2018, with air pollution being the primary risk factor. Additionally, the World Bank has reported that CO2 emissions per capita in Bangladesh have grown considerably since 1976, increasing 608 times from 0.0777 to 0.533 metric tons in 2016.
The circular economy, which focuses on the principles of recycling, reducing, and reusing, presents itself as a key to promoting sustainable development in Bangladesh. In order to reach the national sustainability objectives set forth, the government of Bangladesh must develop and implement the necessary regulations to strengthen its circular economy transition. To ensure the successful implementation of such policies and regulations, it is essential to build a strong connection and create collaboration and communication between the government and private organizations, as well as all other involved stakeholders.
This paper explores the relationship between the circular economy and the SDGs in Bangladesh. It addresses the necessity and importance of mapping involved stakeholders in Bangladesh and identifying their role in successfully achieving the SDGs and transitioning to a national circular economy. Besides stakeholder collaboration, the role of policies and guidelines are outlined as further key drivers of the circular economy in Bangladesh.
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