Dubai to Eliminate Plastic Bags this Year

DUBAI — The Dubai Municipality (DM) on Thursday distributed dozens of oxo-biodegradable plastic bags around the city as part of its activities to mark the National Environment Day.

The event was also part of its yearlong campaign to phase out plastic bags from the market.

Though the Emirates Standard Authority has set 2013 as the deadline for companies to shift from using and manufacturing plastic bags, the municipality is focusing on achieving the target within this year.

“We are focusing on getting all companies to use these bags, and the encouraging fact is that already most of the big supermarkets and department stores including cooperative societies have started using them. Hopefully, more companies will follow suit,” said Hamdan Al Shaer, Head of Environment Awareness Section at the municipality.

The new bags, also called d2w, are being used by the DM and other municipalities in the UAE for nearly four years.


Environment and Water Ministry seeks to make UAE plastic bags free

WAM Dubai, Sep 12th, 2009 (WAM)–The Ministry of Environment and Water is launching a campaign to make the UAE free from the plastic bags through awareness campaign that targets students and public to enlighten them about the health hazards caused by these bags.

Dr Mariam Al Shanasi, executive director of the technical affairs at the ministry, said the ministry seeks through the campaign under theme “UAE free from plastic bags” to enlighten public about the environmental risks caused by use of the plastic bags.

From WAM