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Abu Dhabi to roll out single-use plastic draft policy by early-2020

EAD's Dr. Shaikha Al Dhaheri says, individuals, businesses to get an year before single-use plastic is phased-out

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On the sidelines of The Annual UAE Government Meetings, secretary-general of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), Dr. Shaikha Al Dhaheri, said that the UAE’s capital looks to have the draft policy on single-use plastic by early 2020.

Al Dhaheri told the UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam, “We are actually aiming to have a phenomenal reduction of consumption of single-use plastic by 2021.”

She added: "We are not only joining a global effort to reduce the impact of single-use material, but we also want to demonstrate leadership, as a government and as an emirate, as responsible producers and consumers of plastics.”

According to Al Dhaheri, the policy will include an implementation plan and the required instruments and incentives to be implemented by 2021.

Al Dhaheri stressed that one year would be allocated to individuals and businesses before single-use plastic is phased-out and are replaced with sustainable reusable products.

"Items like bags, bottles and cutlery will be targeted by the policy through various measures to reduce their consumption and ensure recovery for recycling," Al Dhaheri added.

According to Al Dhaheri, the EAD will ensure on the availability of alternatives of single-use plastic in the market.

The EAD conducted a survey earlier this year, and 80% of the respondents favoured the phasing out of single-use plastic bags, while 99% considered single-use plastic a priority issue to address.

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