Plastic waste, facing a major global headache

Plastic waste is a major headache for authorities around the world.

The United Arab Emirates makes every effort to ensure that its nature reserves are well preserved. The idea is to protect terrestrial and marine biodiversity and fauna in nature reserves. He wants to make sure his surroundings stay as clean as possible.

He also put marine pollution under his radar. Dumping garbage and oil sludge into the water by tankers is a no-no here. In addition, it is also prohibited to dump waste from aircraft and other modes of maritime transport.

Plastic waste is a major headache for authorities around the world.

An estimated 13 million tonnes of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year, altering vital habitats, endangering marine wildlife and impacting the food chain by releasing toxic chemical compounds. This problem is a serious concern for the preservation of our local species, posing a threat to our marine wildlife, sea turtles and seabirds, among others.

If we don’t take bold action to contain the use of single-use plastics by influencing behavior and effectively managing waste, there will be more plastic than fish in oceans and seas by 2050 – creating lasting impacts not just on ocean health, but ultimately human health and global food security.

Studies show that 36% of the global production of single-use plastics is not recycled and that globally more than 400 million tons of different types of plastics are produced each year. Due to high consumption rates and low recycling operations, by 2050 it is predicted that for every three tonnes of fish in the ocean, there will be one tonne of plastic. In the United Arab Emirates, 11 billion plastic bags are consumed each year (according to a report presented at the World Government Summit in February 2019), which equates to 1,184 plastic bags per person per year, compared to a global average of 307 plastic bags per person. per year.

In line with improving environmental sustainability and encouraging individuals to reduce the excessive use of plastics, the Executive Council of Dubai has approved the policy to limit single-use bags by imposing a 25 thread tariff on single-use bags used to transport goods, from July 1, 2022.

The tariff will be implemented across all stores in Dubai including but not limited to retail stores, textile and electronics stores, restaurants, pharmacies, online delivery and commerce electronic.

In a later stage, the policy will be evaluated in stages until single-use shopping bags are completely banned within two years, following the evaluation of behavioral changes in the community. The tariff on single-use bags is currently in effect in more than 30 countries, and a partial or complete ban has been implemented in more than 90 countries worldwide, reflecting the scale of international efforts to reduce consumption. single-use bags.

The Dubai government has also invested in several projects aimed at turning waste into resources. Additionally, the government actively encourages the Dubai community to improve sustainable waste sorting and disposal practices.

Even Pope Francis has advocated for the fight against plastic. Dumping plastic into waterways is “criminal” and must stop if humanity is to save the planet for future generations, Pope Francis said in a TV interview on Sunday.

Francis, who has made environmental advocacy a cornerstone of his pontificate, recounted how Italian fishermen came to him one year and told him they had found several tons of plastic in the Adriatic Sea. The next time he saw them, they said they had found twice as many and took it upon themselves to help clear some of them.

“Throwing plastic into the sea is criminal. It kills biodiversity, it kills the land, it kills everything,” he said.

“Dealing with creation is an education (process) in which we must engage,” he said, quoting a song by Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos in which a boy asks his father why “the river does not sing more” and the father replies that “we finished it”.

Bryce K. Locke