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The world's busiest airport, Dubai's DXB, is banning single-use plastics

Single-use plastics to be banned from DXB's consumer spaces effective 1 January, 2020, senior official confirms

Dubai's DXB is the world's busiest airport.
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Dubai's DXB is the world's busiest airport.

Dubai International Airport (DXB), the world’s busiest airport that hosts 90 million people each year, will see single-use plastics banned at all its consumer spaces from 1 January, 2020, with operator Dubai Airports stating that the move would continue to drive its environment-protection measures.

Dubai Airports, which recycles 43,000 tonnes (t) of paper, glass, and other waste each year, collected and disposed of 16 t of single-use plastic bottles and bottle caps over the last six months.

Executive vice president of commercial at Dubai Airports, Eugene Barry, said DXB, as the world’s busiest airport, could “make a tangible difference by eliminating single-use plastics”.

He added: “We are making a commitment to work with all of our concession and hospitality partners to achieve that goal.”

As part of its 2019 celebrations for World Environment Day, which is observed on 5 June each year, DXB collaborated with 106 businesses operating at DXB to “showcase the positive impact that can be made by eliminating practices and materials that can harm the environment”.

In a report, UAE state news agency, Wam, added: “A variety of measures were put in place including banning plastic utensils, bags, and paper receipts.

“One of the most overused single-use plastic included in the elimination efforts is straws, and in just one day the pledge prevented the distribution of over 150,000 straws, the equivalent of 30,000m of plastic.”

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