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Everything you want to know about Dubai’s single-use plastic ban from tomorrow

In an attempt to promote and enhance environmental sustainability, Dubai will introduce a 25 fils charge for bags made of single use plastic, beginning July 1. UAE is on a mission to eradicate its use of single use plastic bags by 2024. With the objective of “reducing the use of single-use bags to promote environmental sustainability,” the Dubai Executive Council previously tweeted. The tariff on single-use bags is currently in effect in over 30 countries, and a partial or complete ban has been implemented in more than 90 countries worldwide.
Dubai Municipality had also issued a comprehensive guideline and clarifications regarding the ban on plastic bags:
-Charge of 25 fils on plastic bags will be applied on July 1

  • charge applies to all stores that use single-use bags to carry goods, including, for example, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, e-commerce services and delivery services.
  • Each bag is less than 57 micrometres thickness.
  • This Includes bags made of plastic, paper, biodegradable plastic, oxo-plastics and plant-based biodegradable materials

All stores must apply a charge of 25 fils for each single-use bag, and a different charge can be placed on sustainable or reusable alternatives if provided by the store. Moreover, stores are not obligated to provide free alternatives as the goal is to encourage a mindful and eco-conscious shift in consumer behaviour in order to preserve the local environment, said the authority. Shoppers can either choose to bring their own bags from home or buy bags at a nominal charge of 25 fils to store their purchases.

Supermarkets across the UAE are gearing up to levy the new laws to tackle plastic bag waste and transform our current shopping experience, as they urge shoppers to choose sustainable alternatives.

What do you think of the sustainable shift that Dubai is making to ban plastic bags? Let us know in the comments

By Deepika Sachanandani

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