UAE capital introduces new single-use plastic laws

Plastic straws have been identified as highly damaging to marine wildlife

Incentives will be offered to help reach plastic consumption targets
Incentives will be offered to help reach plastic consumption targets

Abu Dhabi has introduced a new set of laws targeting at lowering the amount of single-use plastic in the emirate.

Reported by sister publication Arabian Business, the capital city will ban single-use plastic bags by next year.

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi announced the policy which it says will be achieved by recycling and reusing and encouraging more sustainable practices.

Incentives will be offered to help reach plastic consumption targets, while fees will be applied to materials which have available eco-friendly alternatives.

Arabian Business stated that Abu Dhabi identified 16 common single-use plastics which greatly harm the world’s marine life. Abu Dhabi will be aiming to lower consumption of these plastics following the plastic bag ban.

These targeted plastics include plastic bags, beverage cups and lids, plastic cutlery, straws and stirrers and food containers.

Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, secretary general, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, said: "The launch of the single-use plastics policy reflects our steadfast commitment towards transitioning to a more sustainable economy that seeks to minimise waste and protect vital ecosystems in our environment.”

The secretary general added: "By implementing this new policy, Abu Dhabi will be joining more than 127 countries around the world that have already taken measures to ban or limit the use of disposable plastic materials. Our policy is aligned with international standards in order to make Abu Dhabi a pioneer in reducing the use of avoidable single use materials by 2021.”

She concluded: “If we do not take bold steps to contain the use of single-use plastics through influencing behaviour and effective waste management, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans and seas by 2050 – creating lasting impacts on, not just ocean health, but ultimately human health and global food security.”

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