Dubai's Sustainable City to cut 90% of single-use plastics by 2020

Single-use plastics are already banned at the offices of Diamond Developers and Sustainable City Visitor Centre

Diamond Developers' Dubai Sustainable City.
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Diamond Developers' Dubai Sustainable City.

Dubai's Sustainable City, a mixed-use project developed by real estate firm Diamond Developers — the company behind the $544m (AED2bn) Sharjah Sustainable City alongside Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) — said it would drive a 90% reduction in single-use plastics within its boundaries by 2020.

Dubai Sustainable City will phase-out straws, plastic bags, soda and water bottles, and plastic cutlery, as well as material used for food packaging as part of the drive.

Single-use plastics are already banned at the offices of Diamond Developers and at Sustainable City Visitor Centre.

The use of the non-reusable plastic items will be reduced by 50% in the next three months, helping to achieve the overall goal as early as 1 January, 2020, according to the UAE's state-held news agency, Wam.

Water fountains are being installed across the city to reduce the use of bottled water, and restaurants have been urged to serve filtered water to their customers. 

Commenting on the initiative, chief executive officer of Diamond Developers, Faris Saeed, said: “By involving all our community members, this initiative supports the global efforts to combat climate change, the green vision of the UAE, and the Dubai Plan 2021.”

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