Oman's environment ministry to ban single-use plastic from 2020

Oman’s Chemicals Dept officials deliberated the challenges rising from single-use, non-degradable plastic shopping bags

Oman's environment ministry to ban single-use plastic from 2020. [representational image]
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Oman's environment ministry to ban single-use plastic from 2020. [representational image]

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) has proposed a draft decision to ban the use of single-use plastic shopping bags and replace them with reusable and environmentally friendly bags from 2020.

The draft decision is in line with the ministry’s vision to deepen cooperation between government and private sectors in order to preserve human health, protect the environment, and achieve its sustainable development goals, according to the state-run Oman News Agency.

During a meeting attended by Oman’s Chemicals Department, which represented MECA at the ministry's General Bureau, officials deliberated the serious environmental challenges rising from the use of single-use, non-degradable plastic bags, as well as the difficulty of collecting and recycling them.

Officials discussed policies and guidelines that need to be put in place for manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers to ensure a smooth transition to alternatives such as biodegradable and eco-friendly shopping bags.

MECA has emphasised that it will not allow the supply, distribution, and use of single-use shopping bags. The measures will affect everyone from manufacturers to consumers.

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