Dubai implements ban on single-use plastic bags

Dubai implements ban on single-use plastic bags

Sustainability

Dubai is taking a decisive step towards environmental responsibility by prohibiting single-use plastic bags in the emirate, effective January 1, 2024.

Joining the global movement against plastic pollution, Dubai will cease the production and distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags in the upcoming year.

This eco-friendly initiative was initially announced in January 2023 and is now being realised following a resolution issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, on Sunday, December 31, 2023.

Looking ahead, the ban will extend to other single-use plastic products from January 1, 2025, including plastic stirrers, table covers, cups, styrofoam food containers, plastic straws, and plastic cotton swabs.

Close up of a plastic bag thrown on the ground Plastic waste © Ivan Radic (CC BY 2.0)

Dubai's commitment to sustainability continues into 2026, when additional measures will be implemented, prohibiting various plastic and foam products such as cups, plates, cutlery, boxes, and containers.

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