Abu Dhabi to Ban More Single-Use Plastics Starting June 1st

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 21 May 2024
Abu Dhabi to Ban More Single-Use Plastics Starting June 1st

In a concerted effort to combat plastic pollution and promote environmental sustainability, Abu Dhabi is set to implement further restrictions on single-use plastics starting June 1, 2024.

The ban will encompass single-use Styrofoam products and disposable food container receptacles, aiming to encourage the adoption of reusable alternatives across businesses and households.

Under the new regulations, all single-use Styrofoam items, including cups, lids, plates, and beverage containers used for immediate consumption, will be prohibited. Exceptions will be granted for items not intended for single-use, such as large storage boxes and coolers, as well as those designated for medical purposes.

The move, spearheaded by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), aligns with previous initiatives like the ban on single-use plastic bags and the implementation of bottle recycling programs, introduced in 2022.

According to Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, the ban aims to curb environmental pollution caused by the proliferation of single-use plastics, which pose threats to human health and biodiversity.

Since the inception of the Abu Dhabi Single-Use Plastic Policy, significant progress has been made in reducing plastic consumption and waste generation. Notably, the avoidance of 310 million single-use plastic bags and the collection of over 1,000 tonnes of plastic bottles underscore the positive impact of these initiatives.

Following suit, Dubai has also taken steps to address plastic pollution by banning single-use plastic bags effective January 1. With similar plans to expand the ban to include other single-use items, both emirates are committed to fostering sustainable practices and minimizing plastic waste.

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