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All Single-use Bags Will be Prohibited Across Retail Outlets in Dubai From June 1

Non-compliance will result in a Dh200 fine, doubling for repeat offenses, up to a maximum of Dh2,000

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Published on March 29, 2024, 13:19:58

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Dubai is set to implement a city-wide ban on single-use bags, including both plastic and paper varieties, effective from June 1, 2024. Earlier this year, businesses were mandated to charge a 25-fil fee for single-use plastic bags. However, from June 1, all single-use bags will be prohibited across retail outlets in Dubai, with no requirement for stores to provide free alternatives.

The ban covers bags used for carrying goods, and consumers are encouraged to bring their own reusable carriers. In an awareness guide released by the Dubai Municipality, it was emphasised that even biodegradable bags are included in the ban.

Exemptions to the policy include bags for bread, online product packaging, trash bin liners, wrapping for various food items, laundry, electronics, garbage and grains.

Non-compliance with the ban will result in a financial penalty of Dh200, which will double for repeat offenses, with a maximum fine of Dh2,000. Shoppers are urged to report non-compliant stores to the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism.

The Dubai Municipality has published an online awareness guide in both Arabic and English, addressing common questions and providing information on sustainable alternatives to plastics. It aims to educate individuals, businesses, and institutions on adopting sustainable practices.

Mohammed Alrayees, head of Waste Strategy and Projects Department at Dubai Municipality, expressed support for sustainable practices across all sectors, emphasising the importance of the comprehensive guide in promoting environmentally friendly habits.

The initiative underscores Dubai's commitment to environmental conservation and its contribution to global efforts to reduce plastic pollution. It highlights the significance of public awareness and active participation in achieving sustainability goals.

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