Abu Dhabi setting up policies to reduce single-use plastics by 2021

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Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi chief says policy is being worked on to drastically cut single use plastics

Abu Dhabi aims to substantially reduce its consumption of single-use plastic by 2021, a top official has revealed.

“We will have the draft policy on single-use plastic by early 2020. We are actually aiming to have a phenomenal reduction of consumption of single-use plastic by 2021,” said Dr Shaikha Al Dhaheri, secretary-general of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, EAD, without providing specific figures.

In comments published by state news agency WAM, she added: “We are not only joining a global effort to reduce the impact of single-use material, but we also want to demonstrate leadership, as a government and as an emirate, as responsible producers and consumers of plastics.”

The policy will include an implementation plan and the required instruments and incentives to be implemented by 2021, she said in an interview on the sidelines of the annual UAE Government Meetings in Abu Dhabi.

Al Dhaheri said people and businesses will get almost one year to get prepared before the measures are implemented.

“Items like bags, bottles and cutlery will be targeted by the policy through various measures to reduce their consumption and ensure recovery for recycling,” she added.

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