The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced on Wednesday that single-use plastic bags will be banned in Abu Dhabi starting in June 2022.
This new law is in line with the European Commission’s (EC) 2020 integrated single-use plastic strategy which aims to phase out single-use Styrofoam cups, plates, and containers by 2024
Along with the ban on single-use plastic bags, the EAD plans to take other steps to reduce demand for 16 other single-use plastic products, such as cups, stirrers, lids, and cutlery, as part of this endeavor.
In line with efforts to reduce pollution and promote sustainability #inAbuDhabi, @EADTweets is banning single-use plastic bags, effective 1 June 2022. Future measures will aim to further limit the consumption of single-use plastics products in the emirate. pic.twitter.com/amizqwSz5L
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) April 6, 2022
According to EAD, this policy is developed to further limit the consumption of single-use plastics products in the emirate and therefore, promote a sustainable environment that puts a stop to climate changing factors.
With more than 90 countries currently banning single-use plastic bags, Dubai also announced earlier this year, that it will introduce a charge of 25 fils for single-use plastic bags from July 1st onwards, with the aim of banning these bags completely in the next two years
Did you know single-use plastic is one of the most common forms of death for marine animals?
Not only do these animals mistake plastic for food, they also can easily get tangled, stuck and hurt by plastic items.
They don’t have a choice, but you do 🐟 #ReduceSingleUseAD pic.twitter.com/KraUjqcH6b
— The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (@EADTweets) May 7, 2022