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Dubai Implements Sweeping Ban on Single-Use Bags: Shoppers Urged to Embrace Reusable Alternatives

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In a bold move towards environmental sustainability, Dubai is set to enforce a city-wide ban on single-use bags, encompassing both plastic and paper variants, effective June 1.

The forthcoming prohibition marks a significant step forward in the emirate’s commitment to reducing plastic waste and fostering eco-conscious consumer habits.

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Previously, businesses were mandated to levy a 25-fil charge on single-use plastic bags since the beginning of the year.

However, the upcoming ban will see the complete eradication of single-use bags across all retail outlets in Dubai, with stores no longer obliged to provide free alternatives. This measure aims to encourage shoppers to embrace reusable carriers and reduce reliance on disposable packaging.

The Dubai Municipality, in an effort to educate and inform the public about the impending policy change, released an awareness guide detailing the ban’s specifics.

Notably, the ban extends to biodegradable bags, with the municipality highlighting the environmental hazards posed by their disposal. Biodegradable bags, when left in landfills, disintegrate into microplastics, posing a threat to wildlife and ecosystems.

To ensure compliance with the ban, hefty penalties will be imposed on non-compliant businesses. A financial penalty of Dh200 will be applied for the first offence, with subsequent violations attracting a doubled fine, capped at Dh2,000.

Shoppers are encouraged to report errant stores to the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism, underscoring the collaborative effort required to enforce the ban effectively.

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The municipality’s comprehensive guide, available online in Arabic and English, aims to address common questions and concerns from consumers and businesses regarding the ban.

Additionally, it offers insights into green alternatives to plastics and provides tips on how individuals and businesses can adopt more sustainable practices.

Mohammed Alrayees, the head of Waste Strategy and Projects Department at Dubai Municipality, emphasized the importance of supporting individuals, businesses, and institutions in transitioning to sustainable practices.

He stated, “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.”

The ban on single-use bags represents a pivotal moment in Dubai’s journey towards environmental stewardship. By prioritizing sustainable solutions and promoting reusable alternatives, the emirate is setting a commendable example for cities worldwide.

As June 1 approaches, stakeholders are urged to embrace this transformative initiative, contributing to a cleaner, greener future for Dubai and beyond.

 

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