DUBAI: Dubai announced on Monday that it will introduce a fee of 25 fils for single-use plastic bags from July 1.
According to state news agency WAM, the move is in line with enhancing environmental sustainability and encouraging individuals to reduce the excessive use of plastics.
The Executive Council of Dubai approved the policy, which will be implemented across all stores in the emirate, including online and e-commerce deliveries.
With sustainability becoming a global priority, the new policy will be evaluated over several stages until single-use bags are completely banned within a span of two years.
The changes aim to improve the environment in order to enhance residents’ quality of life, as studies have shown a direct correlation between the two.
In parallel, government entities in Dubai have implemented programs that will help enhance environmental protection and resource conservation.
These include integrated waste management strategies for the emirate; reducing harmful fishing practices such as banning the use of nets; and the enforcement of fees for waste disposal, which was implemented at the beginning of the year.
The Dubai Government has also invested in several projects aimed at turning waste into resources.
The general public has also been encouraged by government officials to practice waste segregation and disposal.