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Second phase of 'Say No to Plastic Bags' goes live

Dubai Municipality's second phase of 'Say No to Plastic Bags' campaign

Eng. Salah Amiri, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality
Eng. Salah Amiri, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality

The Waste Management Department of Dubai Municipality has launched the second stage of a six-month-long awareness campaign under the title 'Say No to Plastic Bags'.

The organisation's campaign will be carried out in the main branches of Emirates Co-op Societies in Dubai through activities on Thursday-Saturday for the next four weeks.

Eng. Salah Amiri, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality said that the campaign is organised to implement the directives of the Ministry of Environment and Water to mitigate the use of all type of plastic bags.

This especially targets plastic bags distributed by shopping centres, as well as to completely stop non-biodegradable plastic products, which damages both health and environment.

Abdulla Abdul Qader Al Ghaffari, the programme coordinator, said that the civic body has prepared variety of programs to educate the public about the hazardous consequences of increased use of plastic bags.

"It is important to convey the importance of message to each member of society helping to save the life of a lot of animals including camels in deserts, turtles and fishes in sea as well as other precious marine wealth such as coral cliffs," Gaffari said.

"Plastic bag waste is considered one of the sources of environment pollution. The annual consumption of plastic bags in the Emirate of Dubai reached 2.9bn bags, which is deemed harmful to the environment and public health. To tackle with this issue, effective community contribution is essential with the efforts of concerned authorities," he said.

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