Dubai Airports to Ban Single Use Plastics from 2020

On 10th June, Monday, Dubai Airports, DXB, proclaimed their vow or better be said promise to prohibit single-use plastics from consumer spaces at the world’s busiest international airport. The ban of the single-use plastics would come into effect next year from January 1, 2020.

Every year Dubai Airports recycles over 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass, and other forms of waste, in order to restrict its effect on the environment. Over the past six months only, Dubai Airports gathered and got rid of 16 tonnes of single-use plastic bottles and bottle caps. The company, which controls Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, on Monday vowed to prohibit items like plastic knives and forks, straws and shopping bags, from consumer spaces from 1st January, 2020.

The company even stated that at an airport that hosts some 90 million people per year, they believe that they can make a real difference by disposing of single-use plastics in consumer spaces.

Eugene Barry, Executive Vice President of Commercial at Dubai Airports stated that on 10th June, 2019, they are making a promise to work with all of their concession and hospitality partners to attain that goal.

As a sign of that pledge, last week on World Environment Day Dubai Airports colluded with over 106 businesses running at DXB to demonstrate the positive effect that can be made by getting rid of  practices and materials that can damage the environment.

A wide-ranging measure was put in place including banning plastic utensils, bags and paper receipts. One of the most overused single-use plastic included prevention of the distribution of over 150,000 straws, the commensurate of 30,000 meters of plastic.