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Bahrain issues law to cut plastic products from July 2019

Select malls and supermarkets will be banned from using and importing plastics and non-biodegradable items

Bahrain is banning plastic bags starting July 2019.
Bahrain is banning plastic bags starting July 2019.

Bahrain will pass regulations banning single-use plastic bags and the import of non-biodegradable bags, with the products to be permanently banned in select malls and supermarkets across the kingdom. 

According to reports state-held Bahrain News Agency (BNA), chief executive officer of Supreme Council of Environment (SCE), HE Dr Mohammed Mubarak Bin Daina, said Ministerial Order no 11 for 2019, regulating the use of plastic products, would take effect on 21 July, 2019.

SCE will also issue guidelines for manufacturers and suppliers in the Gulf nation with the aim of reducing plastic waste.

With the move, Bahrain joins a number of countries in cutting the prominence of plastic waste, in line with the United Nations' goal of alleviating ocean pollution and combating climate change. 

BNA reported that SCE had also implemented several measures to expand the number of recycling businesses by increasing the total number of recycling bins in the country to further reduce the accumulation of plastic waste in landfills.

Currently, 40% of household waste in Bahrain comprises of plastic waste, which Daina stated could only be reduced by prohibiting and regulating the use of plastic.

Earlier this month, Dubai International Airport (DXB), the world's busiest airport, revealed that single-use plastics would be banned at all its consumer spaces from 1 January, 2020.

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