Dubai Airport to ban single-use plastics in 2020

Over the past six months alone, officials have collected and disposed 16 tonnes of single-use plastic bottles and bottle caps

Image courtesy: Dubai Tourism/Twitter
Image courtesy: Dubai Tourism/Twitter

Dubai Airports has announced plans to ban single-use plastics from consumer spaces from 1 January, 2020.

The airport that is the “world’s busiest international airport” recycles over 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass, and other waste. Over the past six months alone, officials at the airport have collected and disposed 16 tonnes of single-use plastic bottles and bottle caps.

Speaking about their decision to ban single use plastic, Eugene Barry, executive VP, commercial at Dubai Airports said: “At an airport that hosts some 90 million people per year, we believe we can make a tangible difference by eliminating single-use plastics in consumer spaces. Today we are making a commitment to work with all of our concession and hospitality partners to achieve that goal.”

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As part of their commitment, on World Environment Day last week, Dubai Airports collaborated with over 106 businesses operating at DXB to showcase the positive impact that can be made by eliminating single use plastic.

A variety of measures were put in place including banning plastic utensils, bags and paper receipts. Officials also managed to prevent the distribution of over 150,000 straws, the equivalent of 30,000 metres of plastic.

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