Government Stalls on Cleanup as Workers, Residents Suffer Summary Jahaj, 17, has worked in a factory where animal hides are tanned in Hazaribagh, a combined residential and industrial neighborhood of Dhaka, since he was Around 50 other people work in the tannery, including a seven and an eight-year-old, who are employed nailing hides out to dry. The tannery pits are four-meter square tanks that hold hides and many of the diluted chemicals used to cure them. Jahaj particularly dislikes working there. We get inside, take the hides with our hands and throw them outside the pit.

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Held at Drik Gallery, the launching of the exhibition was piggybacked with a daylong seminar on the same theme. Leather Industry: Environmental Pollution and Mitigation Measures The tannery industry in Hazaribagh, a densely populated area in Dhaka city, is a fitting example of how industrial wastes in some instances can be dangerous and disastrous.

The physical look and smell of the area is frightening and annoying. Trimmed leather, pieces of flash from cow and buffalo hides, hair, liquid and solid wastes generated at different stages of production are spread and piled all over Hazaribagh in large quantities. Liquid waste makes its way on the other side of the embankment round the clock. This liquid waste ultimately goes into the water of the Buriganga River and causes immense harm to the fish and other species in water.

Toxic materials in liquid waste seep into the surrounding cropland and underground water levels. Eventually, the tannery waste poisons the soil, water and air round the clock. Tannery wastes also poison the health, houses and utensils of those situated around. The environment inside the tannery factories is also noxious. The machinery used in the small and the medium sized tanneries are obsolete in the industrialized countries. Many of the chemicals used in these tanneries are very harmful for human health and any life form.

A portion of these chemicals is disposed of as waste, which mixes into the water and soil. The laborers in the tanneries normally work with bare hands and feet and do not wear protective masks.

There is ample evidence of the fatal impact of these chemicals on those working in the tanneries. Leather Industry: Environmental Pollution and Mitigation Measures is the result of a one-year survey, study and laboratory tests. The report documents unprecedented environmental pollution in the tannery industry and compiles recommendations for mitigating pollution.

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Bangladesh - Assistance with preparation for tannery relocation from Hazaribagh to Savar

Daniel Lanteigne. There are about leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh district of Dhaka, the capital. Some use modest technology and machinery, but most operate as they did decades ago and release untreated toxic chemical waste near residential areas. The first thing you notice when you walk through the streets of Hazaribagh is the horrible and seemingly all-pervasive stench of tanning chemicals. According to the Department of Environment, the tanneries discharge 22, cubic meters of untreated liquid toxic waste daily into the rivers, gutters and canals that run alongside in the roads of Hazaribagh.


Hazaribagh reels from pollution

Home Bangladesh - Assistance with preparation for tannery relocation from Hazaribagh to Savar Quality and clean sustainable production is no longer a choise but a strategy requirement for a survival for the leather manufacturers. This is also a reason for long planned and eagerly awaited tannery relocation to new Savar site. Leather industry provides directly and indirectly approximately 45, jobs. Network of tanneries and leather product manufacturing units forming the leather cluster Hazaribagh has developed during last decades without proper planning and control. Therefore the Hazaribagh district is probably most congested overcrowded and polluted part of Dhaka city. Relocation of all tanneries from Hazaribagh implemented by BSCIC to a properly designed and controlled new industrial estate in Savar is practically the only feasible solution offering safe, yet economic conditions for maintaining this important business, keep several dozen thousands of labour employed and earning much needed for the national economy export revenue. Based on UNIDO experience with pollution control in the leather industry during a preparatory assistance in prepared survey and recommendations on tannery relocation of tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar and establishing of the pollution control system.


Colours of Water: Bangladesh’s Leather Tanneries

They use chromium salts, acids and other toxins to treat hides that go on to China, India and beyond, sending some , cubic feet of wastewater flowing into the Buriganga. Thousands work in the tanneries, where school children pick up scraps before moving onto more dangerous tasks like dipping hides in acid. Many do so without gloves or even shoes, making skin and respiratory ailments common. It is unforgiving work; by one estimate , 90 percent of tannery workers die before age Chowdhury grew up in England, but his parents are Bangladeshi. He remembers relatives talking about the smell of Hazaribagh—a mix of sulphur and rotting carcasses.


Inside Bangladesh's Polluted, Billion-Dollar Leather Industry

The large shoe manufacturers carefully screen to make sure their suppliers have well-run facilities. Certainly, there is no health risk to wearing the leather products made by tanners. However, one can find many sites throughout the developing world with abandoned factories that used to make tanning chemicals, or poorly-run usually small tanneries, or legacy contaminated waterways with dangerous levels of chemicals. These places pose significant public health risks to local populations. The leather manufacturing industry consists of several different processes, with one of the most important activities being the tanning of the raw hides. Tanning involves the processing of raw leather in order to make it more resilient and strong for use in a variety of different products.

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