Plastic ban in Dubai: Detailed guidelines issued

Single-use plastic cutlery, plastic food containers and styrofoam cups will also be banned
Plastic ban in Dubai: Detailed guidelines issued
A ban on all single-use bags will come into effect from June 1 this year

Dubai Municipality has published additional guidance for businesses on the single-use plastics ban that was issued in January following a resolution by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai’s Executive Council.

The resolution was introduced to protect the environment by minimising plastic waste through changing consumer habits. It is also meant to foster a culture of recycling among businesses and the community.

Dubai Municipality published an awareness guide for the initiative under its #DubaiMoreSustainable campaign, which was launched at COP28. The guide has now been expanded.

Read: Dubai bans single-use plastic bags

The guidelines are meant to inform individuals, public sector entities, private businesses, corporations and institutions, thereby promoting everyday sustainable practices.

The move not only helps safeguard the environment but also supports the development of a circular economy. It promotes sustainable development and the preservation of natural resources for future generations.

Eng. Mohammed Alrayees, Head of Waste Strategy and Projects Department at Dubai Municipality, said: “Dubai Municipality is committed to transforming Dubai into a leading and sustainable global city. This comprehensive guide has been launched to answer questions on single use plastics and green alternatives in line with our support for all individuals, businesses and institutions to adopt sustainable practices.”

Stages of plastic ban

January 1, 2024: Ban on single-use plastic bags. Moreover, a tariff of 25 fils will remain on all other bags until June 1, 2024.

June 1, 2024: Ban on all single-use bags.

January 1, 2025: Ban on products such as plastic stirrers, styrofoam food containers, plastic table covers, plastic cotton swabs, plastic straws, single-use styrofoam cups.

January 1, 2026: Ban on single-use plastic cups and lids, single-use plastic cutlery, plastic food containers, plastic plates.

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