Abu Dhabi’s ban on single-use plastic bags aims to protect the environment

Only nine percent of all plastic waste ends up being recycled, with the rest ending up in dumps, landfills and other natural environments. And plastic bags are one of the biggest polluters. These are not biodegradable – they litter our environment, polluting oceans, rivers, farmlands, cities and neighborhoods. Banning them will go a long way in giving Mother Earth a break.

The move also comes at the right time. Abu Dhabi is set to host the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in 2023, when more than 200 countries will come together to hopefully take concerted action to limit global greenhouse gas emissions and s unite against climate change and global warming.

With this latest initiative, Abu Dhabi becomes the first in the region to introduce an integrated single-use plastic policy. This should be followed by additional measures for a greener future.

In the run-up to the move, authorities in the emirate have been working with businesses to facilitate a smooth transition.

In the aftermath, Dubai will introduce a 25-thread charge for single-use plastic bags from July 1, with the aim of banning plastic bags completely within two years. This decision comes “to limit single-use bags to improve environmental sustainability”, previously tweeted the Executive Council of Dubai.

The movement against single-use plastic is global. Tariffs on the use of plastic bags are in place in more than 30 countries around the world, with nearly 90 countries opting for a full or partial ban.

Policymakers in the UAE are confident that the latest ban will go a long way in reducing the use of plastic, which ends up in the environment.

It presents a great opportunity for end users – consumers – to switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives. Stores and malls are already switching to affordable alternatives.

Together, we can hope for a green and plastic-free world. And now is the time to act.

Bryce K. Locke