Recyclables to replace plastic bags at Kuwait cooperative societies
The initiative was announced by chairperson of Kuwait Voluntary Work Centre, Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
With several countries across the GCC and around the world launching initiatives to reduce or ban the use of plastic products, Kuwait has followed suit, announcing that it would replace plastic bags with eco-friendly biodegradable bags across its Union of Consumer Co-operative Societies (UCCS).
According to Kuwait's state news agency, Kuna, the announcement was made by the chairperson of Kuwait Voluntary Work Centre, Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in a meeting that was attended by deputy chairman of UCCS, Khaled Al-Hodheiban, advisors from Kuwait's Environment Public Authority, and officials from other local co-operative societies.
Speaking about the initiative, Al-Sabah — who is also a member of Kuwait's Supreme Council for the Environment — said that the replacement of plastic bags was aimed at protecting the environment and reducing the hazardous effects caused by the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags.
Earlier this year, Baharin passed regulations banning single-use plastic bags and the import of non-biodegradable bags, under Ministerial Order No 11 for 2019, which took effect on 21 July, 2019.