Making UAE free of plastic bags ‘a priority’: Minister

Posted on March 31, 2016 by DrRossH in General

Residents use a whopping 11b plastic bags annually says FNC member

via Making UAE free of plastic bags ‘a priority’: Minister.

“Ministry statistics showed residents use a whopping 11 billion plastic bags annually but the ministry failed to meet deadlines ever since the ‘Make UAE Plastic Bags Free’ drive was launched in 2009,” Al Rahoumi said.

The initiative particularly aimed to limit the negative impacts of non-biodegradable plastic bags on human health, other creatures and the environment through cutting down the quantity of these bags used in the UAE as a gradual step towards the final prohibition and replacement with biodegradable plastic bags and alternative bags.

Al Rahoumi said that 80 to 90 per cent of the ministry’s target was not achieved.

This failure to move away from plastic bags is typical when rules are passed but not enforced.    Being a dry environment, these people should be very proactive about stopping bags as they will last many many 100’s of years in that environment.

They have been duped by some over zealous sales people when it comes to their understanding of biodegradable bags.  They have been lead to thing that oxodegradable is biodegradable.  They should be asked where is the proof of biodegradation, i.e where is evidence of Co2 emissions from the microorganism activity.