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At the Dubai International Airport.

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Dubai Airport to ban single use plastics by 2020

 

DUBAI – Disposable plastic items such as plastic knives, forks, straws and shopping bags will be banned from Dubai airports beginning next year.

On Monday, Dubai Airports said it will be banning single-use plastics from consumer spaces starting from January 1, 2020.

Dubai Airports, which manages Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, said the move is part of efforts against plastic pollution.

The company collected and disposed of 16 tonnes of single-use plastic bottles and caps in the past six months. Each year, Dubai Airports recycles more than 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass and other wastes.

“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,” said Eugene Barry, executive vice president of Commercial at Dubai Airports.

Environmentalists hailed the move, with Habiba Al Mar’ashi, chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group, saying: “By banning single use plastic at the airport, the UAE is able to send a strong message to the 89 million plus people who pass through our airports annually and act as leaders in the global fight against plastic pollution.”

Plastic pollution has caused a global concern, with environmentalists saying that plastic waste in the ocean and other areas causing the deaths of more than 1.1 million animals each year.

Since 1950, the world has produced more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste that takes thousands of years to decompose.

Countries have slowly begun to introduce complete ban on single-use plastics, with Canada on Sunday announcing that it would stop distributing disposable plastic by 2021. ICA/Expat Media

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