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All single-use bags to be banned in Dubai from June 1; fines, exemptions clarified

In a bid to tackle environmental concerns and promote sustainability, Dubai Municipality unveiled plans for a comprehensive ban on various types of single-use products, to be implemented in three distinct phases.

he authority has also revealed the different phases in which the policy will be rolled out:

From June 1, 2024, Dubai will impose a complete ban on single-use bags (including paper, biodegradable and recycled plastic) and will stop levying the 25 fils fee for buying a bag at the retail counter.

From January 1, 2025, plastic stirrers, styrofoam food containers, plastic table covers, plastic cotton swabs, plastic straws and single-use styrofoam cups will be banned.

From January 1, 2026, a ban will imposed on single-use plastic cups and lids, single-use plastic cutlery, plastic food containers and plastic plates.

The bags that are exempted from the policy include:

Bread bags

Trash bin liners

Wrapping bags for vegetables, meats, fish and chicken

Bags thicker than 57 micrometres

Laundry bags

Electronic device bags

Various garbage bags

Grain bags

Fines will be imposed on businesses for non-compliance with the policy of regulating the use of single-use products in Dubai, as follows:

A financial penalty of AED 200.

In case of a repeat offence within one year from the date of the previous offence, the penalty amount doubles (not exceeding AED 2,000).

Dubai’s resolution on regulating the use of single-use products is aimed at protecting the environment by minimising plastic waste, changing consumer habits and fostering a culture of recycling.

The municipality has issued an awareness guide with more information and FAQs to help people and businesses adhere to the rules.

It answers important questions that consumers and businesses may have and also highlights green alternatives to plastics along with tips on how to be more sustainable.

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