Dubai Implements Ban on single-use plastic bags from January 1, Up to DH2000 fine for violators

Starting January 1, 2024, Dubai will no longer allow the use of single-use plastic bags and other items, marking a major step toward environmental sustainability.

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Ban on Single-Use Plastics

The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is spearheading an all-encompassing project that includes both disposable and recycled objects, regardless of their material makeup.

The ban encompasses a broad spectrum of items, ranging from single-use plastic and non-plastic products to food delivery packaging materials, fruit and vegetable wrapping, thick plastic bags, plastic containers, and packaging materials made wholly or partially of plastic. It applies to sellers and consumers within Dubai, including private development zones and free zones like the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Exclusions and Phased Bans

While certain items like thin bags for specific goods, garbage bags, and products intended for export or re-export are exempt, phased bans will gradually include plastic stirrers, table covers, cups, styrofoam food containers, plastic straws, plastic cotton swabs, plastic plates, plastic food containers, plastic tableware, and beverage cups with plastic lids in the coming years.

Fines for Violations

Violators of the ban will incur fines, starting at Dh200, with penalties doubling for repeated offenses within a year, reaching a maximum of Dh2,000. Individuals can contest decisions by submitting grievances within ten working days from the notification date.

The decision's objectives include safeguarding the natural environment, local biodiversity, and animal wealth; promoting sustainable and eco-friendly behavior; and encouraging the use of recycled products in alignment with circular economy practices. It also seeks to regulate the use and recycling of single-use and plastic products.

Collaborative efforts are mandated among relevant authorities, entities, and consumers to develop and implement mechanisms for reducing the production and consumption of single-use products. Sellers are required to actively participate in initiatives targeting the reduction of plastic materials, offering specified reusable alternatives at reasonable prices.

Dubai's decision underscores a commitment to fostering a sustainable and eco-friendly future, emphasizing collective responsibility in preserving the environment.

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