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31 May 2024

Dubai bans businesses from using single-use plastic, paper and biodegradable bags

Dubai bans businesses from using single-use plastic, paper and biodegradable bags

From June 1, Dubai will implement a comprehensive ban on all single-use bags, expanding beyond the previously imposed restrictions on plastic bags. This initiative, part of a broader environmental strategy, aims to reduce waste and promote sustainability across the emirate.

The move, announced by Dubai Municipality, includes all single-use bags under 57 micrometers thick, removing the current 25 fils charge on these items. It covers not only plastic but also paper and biodegradable bags. This measure follows the initial ban on single-use plastic bags that came into effect on January 1, 2024. It should be noted that certain types of bags, such as bread bags, vegetable roll bags, and garbage bags, are, however, exempt from the ban.

Starting January 1, 2025, the ban will extend to single-use plastic items such as stirrers, table covers, cups, styrofoam food containers, and straws. By January 1, 2026, the prohibition will include a wider range of plastic products like plates and tableware. Non-compliance will result in a fine of AED200, with repeat violations within a year leading to doubled penalties up to AED2,000.

The new regulation mandates businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and cafes, to eliminate the use of single-use plastics. This will require establishments to adopt alternative materials such as paper, cloth, or biodegradable plastics, reshaping operational practices in the hospitality industry.

Abu Dhabi’s ban of styrofoam cups and takeaway boxes

Abu Dhabi announced the ban Styrofoam cups and takeaway boxes from June 1 in an attempt to tackle plastic pollution.

Single use cups, lids, plates and takeaway containers using expanded polystyrene will be prohibited.

Long-term Styrofoam items, such as large storage boxes and coolers, and trays used for meat, fruit, ready-made dairy products are exempt. As are products designed for medical use.

Dr Shaikha Al Dhaheri, secretary general of the Environment Agency, said “This move will help reduce litter in the environment, as Styrofoam, in particular, breaks easily into microplastics that can enter the food chain and be harmful to human health, as well as affect biodiversity.”

 

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