Dubai Says No to Single Use Plastic

A step in the right direction

It’s been a long time coming, but Dubai has passed legislation to charge the use of single-use plastic bags. Supermarkets will soon charge 25 fils for single-use plastic bags.

Set to come into effect on July 1st, the legislation is in line with the Executive Council of Dubai’s plans to enhance the quality of life, and to help tackle environmental issues. The law will be implemented across all stores in the Emirate, including e-commerce and online deliveries.

“With sustainability becoming a global priority, changing the behavior of the community to reduce the environmental footprint of individuals is crucial to preserve natural resources and environmental habitats. The changes will ultimately contribute to a healthier environment, which is vital to maintaining a sustainable and high quality of life,” the Council said.

The move by the Emirati government has generally been welcomed, and embraced by people in the region and those living in Dubai. Some however feel that the price is too low.

It’s a small step from Dubai, but it’s a huge step to tackle climate change within the region. Tariffs on single-use bags are in effect in 30 countries globally. “Reflecting the magnitude of international efforts to reduce the consumption of single-use bags” said the Council. 

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