Oman bans single-use plastics effective January 1, 2021

A fine of $260 (OMR100) to $5,200 (OMR2,000) will be imposed on those who violate the ban on single-use plastics

Oman bans single-use plastics effective January 1, 2021. [representational image]
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Oman bans single-use plastics effective January 1, 2021. [representational image]

Oman’s Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs has issued the ministerial decree No. 23/2020 directing a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags from January 1, 2021.

Companies and institutions in Oman will be prohibited from distributing or utilising single-use plastic shopping bags in line with the government’s aim to preserve the nation’s environment.

An administrative fine of no less than $260 (OMR100) and no more than $5,200 (OMR2,000) will be imposed on those who violate the provisions of the decision, according to the state-run Oman News Agency.

For repeat violations, the administrative fine will be doubled, without prejudice to more severe penalties as stipulated by Oman’s Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Law.

The ministerial decree is in line with the Law on Environmental Protection and Pollution Control issued by Royal Decree No. 114/2001, and Royal Decree No. 18/2008 defining the terms of reference of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs.

Commenting on the ban, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, HE Najib bin Ali Al-Rawas, said: “This decision comes within the plan developed by the ministry in preserving the Omani environment from pollution and waste harmful to the environment and wildlife abundant in the sultanate in implementation of the provisions of the Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Law No. 114/2001.

He added: “The initiative also aims to integrate sustainable development goals and indicators into action plans for the management of plastic products and waste.”

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