Starting January 1, Dubai will no longer allow single-use plastic products or bags.

Starting January 1, Dubai will no longer allow single-use plastic products or bags.

Starting January 1, Dubai will no longer allow single-use plastic products or bags.

Dubai said that as of January 1, 2024, single-use plastic goods and bags will not be allowed throughout the emirate. The resolution was released on Sunday, December 31, 2023, by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

Regardless of their material composition, recyclable and single-use disposable products—including plastics and non-plastic items—are prohibited.

These consist of single-use plastic and non-plastic items, food delivery packaging supplies, fruit and vegetable wrapping, thick plastic bags, plastic containers, and packaging materials that are either fully or partially composed of plastic, such as those used for snack bags, plastic bottles, wet wipes, balloons, and balloon sticks in addition to food packaging.

This covers free zones and private development zones, such as the Dubai International Financial Center, and applies to both buyers and sellers in Dubai.

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Rolls of thin bags used to package meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, grains, bread, trash bags, and goods meant for export or reexport are not included in the prohibition. Single-use plastic shopping bags, throwaway plastic products, and single-use shopping bags are some of these items.

Ban products

Single-use plastic product ban: Items such as plastic stirrers, tablecloths, cups, styrofoam food containers, straws, and cotton swabs will be outlawed as of January 1, 2025.

Additional single-use plastic products: starting January 1, 2026, plastic plates, food containers, tableware, and drinking cups with plastic lids will all be prohibited.

Fines

A Dh200 fine will be imposed on violators. The penalty shall be doubled, up to a maximum of Dh2,000, if the same offense happens within a year of the prior offense.

The Director-General of the relevant government department in charge of granting licenses for economic activity in the emirate is the recipient of written grievances from those who want to challenge judgments made against them. These organizations include the Department of Economy and Tourism as well as the agencies in charge of free zones and private development zones like the Dubai International Financial Center.

Grievances must be filed within ten working days from the day on which the judgment, action, or administrative fine is communicated to the parties. The complaint will be resolved by a committee that the Director-General established for this purpose within ten working days of its filing. Any other decision that might conflict with the terms of the complaint’s decision is deemed invalid and is regarded as final.

What is the goal?

The goal of the decision is to encourage community members to adopt sustainable and ecologically friendly behaviors while also safeguarding the local biological and animal wealth and the natural environment.

It also seeks to incentivize the private sector to support the use of recycled goods, in line with circular economy principles that support long-term product recycling in regional marketplaces. Additionally, it aims to control how single-use and plastic products are used and recycled.

As per the decision, consumers and all pertinent authorities and entities must work together to develop and implement strategies and practices that decrease the production and consumption of single-use products. Additionally, practices and initiatives that promote a greater reliance on reusable products must be adopted.

Additionally, it requires vendors to take an active involvement in campaigns, programs, and projects aimed at cutting back on single-use items and plastic materials. Sellers are required by the applicable authorities to provide specified reusable alternatives at fair pricing.

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