Abu Dhabi to ban single-use Styrofoam products starting June 1

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Single-use Styrofoam products will be banned in Abu Dhabi starting June 1.

Starting June 1, Styrofoam products will be banned in Abu Dhabi as part of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi’s (EAD) Single-Use Plastic Policy.

Under the ban, Abu Dhabi is targeting single-use Styrofoam products such as cups, plates, lids, beverage containers and food containers.

Exempted from the ban are Styrofoam products that can be reused, such as big storage boxes and coolers used to store meat, fruit, dairy products, ice and other food items. Products designed for medical uses are also exempted.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has shared a circular on Styrofoam ban with more than 50,000 commercial establishments and 80 industrial facilities involved in plastic manufacturing.

ADDED will be conducting inspection campaigns of sales outlets and establishments to ensure the implementation of the ban across Abu Dhabi starting in June.

Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, said the ban is an extension of Abu Dhabi’s Single-Use Plastic Policy initiated in 2020. In 2022, Abu Dhabi banned single-use plastic bags, which helped avoid 310 million single-use plastic bags to be used as of April 2024. Last year, it introduced the Single-Use Plastic Bottle Return Scheme, collecting more than 1,000 tonnes of bottles or the equivalent of 67 million bottles.

Abu Dhabi aims to help cut down environmental trash from discarded Styrofoam products. Scientists say that when degraded, the microplastics can be harmful to humans and animals, and affect biodiversity.

“We are striving to make life easy for consumers while maintaining the balance of conserving the environment at the same time, therefore, for the ban we have only selected items that are avoidable single-use plastics and have clear and sustainable alternatives,” Al Dhaheri said.

Al Dhaheri praised both consumers and the private sector companies for their active involvement in the environmental initiative. ICA/Expat Media

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