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Dubai stores to charge for plastic in 40 days

Business Dubai 23 May 22
Dubai stores to charge for plastic in 40 days
Plastic bags ban in Dubai from July 1. New policy focuses on awareness drive towards environmental sustainability.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
23 May 2022, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 May 2022, 12:00 AM

Starting July 1, retail, textile and electronic stores, restaurants and pharmacies will charge 25 fils on single-use bags at counters. The tariff is also applicable to e-commerce deliveries.

The policy will be evaluated ‘over several stages’ until single-use carrier bags are completely banned within two years, the Executive Council of Dubai announced in February.

The move comes “to limit single-use bags to enhance environmental sustainability,” the Dubai Executive Council previously tweeted. The tariff on single-use bags is currently in effect in over 30 countries, and a partial or complete ban has been implemented in more than 90 countries worldwide.

On Friday, the Dubai Municipality has issued a comprehensive guideline and clarifications regarding the ban on plastic bags.

The tariff will be applied to all single-use bags used to carry goods at the point of purchase according to the following specifications: Each bag is less than 57 micrometers thick; it also includes bags made of plastic, paper, biodegradable plastic and plant-based biodegradable materials

All stores must apply a tariff of 25 fils for each single-use bag, and a different tariff can be placed on sustainable (reusable) alternatives if provided by the store.

The tariff applies to all single-use bags for carrying goods, including paper bags with a thickness of fewer than 57 micrometres, and stores are not obligated to provide free alternatives, as the goal is to push a change in consumer behaviour to preserve the local environment.

The tariff will be applied from July 1, 2022. A complete ban will be implemented within two years.

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