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SINGLE-USE PROBLEMATIC PLASTICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

MIDDLE EAST PLASTIC BANS EXPLAINED

Countries in the Middle East are taking action against single-use problematic plastics, with a number of jurisdictions putting regulations in place over recent years.

Saudi Arabia undertook a three-staged phase out of single-use plastics from 2017 to 2019 [1]. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) banned rigid polystyrene cups in 2006 [2], and then extended bans to additional items in 2020 and 2021 [3]. Now, Abu Dhabi is taking action

We’re staying at the forefront of legislative changes so you can feel confident we’ve got you covered.

UNITED ABAB EMIRATES 

Key dates

2020

  • All single-use plastics are banned at airports in Dubai [4]
  • Initial announcement of plans to ban the following single-use plastics by the end of 2021 [5]:
    • Plastic Cups
    • Lids
    • Cutlery
    • Straws
    • Stirrers
    • Food Containers.

2022

  • The UAE introduced a waste circularity mindset with intention to change consumer behaviour and reduce consumption of avoidable single-use plastics
  • The Executive Council of Dubai imposed a tariff of 25 fils on single-use bags for carrying goods. Including those used at retail, textile and electronic stores, restaurants and pharmacies. The ban also applies to online and e-commerce deliveries.

ABU DHABI 

Key dates

2022

  • Abu Dhabi sets targets to eliminate single-use plastic bags, with aims to declare itself free of single-use plastics by the end of 2022
  • The policy, announced in 2020, aims to remove polluting plastics from the environment and eliminate the use of avoidable single-use plastic and non-plastic materials
  • The policy fosters a culture of recycling and reuse, and encourages sustainable practices in the community
  • Legislation will be implemented across stages. This includes introducing incentives to target consumption of single-use plastic bags, applying fees to materials which have readily available alternatives, and a total ban on selected single-use plastics. [6]

Enforcement & Penalties

Officers from The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) will enforce legislation to reduce demand for single-use plastic products. 

This enforcement does not include thin bags that are used for meats and vegtables, rubbish bags, bin liners or pharmacy bags.[7]

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