• Plastic Bags charges, taxes and bans – List by Countries

    An island the size of Texas is forming in the Central Pacific Ocean……an island made entirely of discarded plastic debris. Cities and countries are taking action against the scourge of plastic bags. Below are just some of the countries with bans or charges already in place or pending. This is in no way a complete list however […]


    Updated: 04 June, 2017

  • UAE bans non-biodegradable plastic products

    The ban comes into effect from early next year and also covers biodegradable plastic products.   Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Environment and Water on Sunday has announced  a ban on the circulation and marketing of non-biodegradable plastic products by the beginning of next year. The ban also covers biodegradable plastic products which are not registered […]


    Updated: 14 March, 2013

  • Geant initiative: A few fils a day help save animals

    Geant hypermarkets‘ initiative to pass on proceeds totalling Dh150,000 from plastic bag sales to Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) was met with enthusiasm by Gulf News readers. The retailer is charging customers 25 fils per plastic bag. Several residents felt the initiative to donate the proceeds to EWS-WWF served a worthy cause. Indian expatriate Mahima Singh […]


    Updated: 27 May, 2011

  • Plastic bags to be biodegradable

    By 2013 all plastic bags produced in the UAE will have to be made with this component marketed as being able to make plastic bags biodegrade without leaving residue or fragments behind. Dubai: An add-in ingredient to make plastic bags degrade was approved Tuesday by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology. By 2013 all plastic […]


    Updated: 11 August, 2010