The United Arab Emirates city-state of Dubai declared it would begin charging a fee on plastic bags from July this year.
With a view on sustainability and amid growing environmental concerns, Dubai plans to ban the use of single-use plastic entirely in the next two years. A statement from the Executive council of Dubai reads that it would levy a 25-fils charge commencing July 1. It would include single-use plastic bags sold at retail stores, restaurants, e-commerce delivery orders, etc.
This would be the first step towards banning its use completely, being launched as an awareness campaign. The announcement aims at bringing about a more sustainable culture among consumers. Government agencies will also be looking to use wastes in a recyclable manner and a better strategy of waste management.
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The executive council of Dubai stated an estimated percentage of animals deaths occurring due to plastic consumption. 50% of camels in the UAE and 86% of turtles fall prey to it, according to their statistics.
Since 2012, supermarket LuLu has been advocating the use of reusable bags in their stores. They created an initiative called STOP (Super Teens Opposing Plastic Bags). It involves school children spreading awareness about the environmental issues stemming from the use of plastic bags.
Bangladesh became the first country in the world to ban thinner plastic bags in 2002. More than 80 countries have, since then, adopted the ban to help the environment, wildlife and human health. Rwanda, Thailand, Zimbabwe, France, Canada, South Korea, Morroco, New Zealand are some countries that have imposed full or partial plastic by-products. These legislations aimed to curb climate issues caused due to the burning of plastic. And also to prevent flooding provoked by blockage of drains and sewer systems with plastic.
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