As the world is constantly in a battle with plastic wastage, Abu Dhabi has taken on a new initiative that they plan to implement by the end of 2022.
With toxic debris contaminating the ocean, the UAE’s capital will ban single-use plastic bags by the end of the year.
Per The National, Monir Bou Ghanem, a senior figure from the emirate’s environment agency, confirmed the news.
From plastic straws, disposable plates and cutlery and other used plastic in takeaway meals shall be banned according to the new scheme, which is said to be in the works as regulations pertaining to this matter are in their final stages.
Special recycling stations at Khalidiya shall also be set up as the UAE is incentivising its residents and tourists to maintain ethical practices.
While ocean waste poses a threat to the environment, plastic pollution is set to sharply double by 2030 in the oceans as per a report by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).
Inger Andersen, executive director of the UNEP has also shared a tweet regarding her thoughts on the study and how the organization is working towards cleaner seas.
Our oceans are full of plastic. A new @UNEP assessment provides a strong scientific case for the urgency to act, and for collective action to protect and restore our oceans from source to sea. #CleanSeashttps://t.co/97DMOZD3Ee pic.twitter.com/3xjthnsTh2
— Inger Andersen (@andersen_inger) October 21, 2021
In light of the current situation, the pandemic has also led to the increase of face masks which have been requested to discard of safely in regard to protecting the environment.
If plastic isn’t discarded properly, it can cause long-term damaging effects to their surroundings including animals, who can then choke or damage plant life which is non-biodegradable, making it a hazard from source to sea.