Dubai Airports will ban single-use plastics at the world’s busiest international airport from consumer spaces from January 1, 2020. The banned items include plastic knives and forks, straws and shopping bags.
The company, which manages Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, recycles over 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass, and other waste each year to limit its impact on the environment. Over the past six months, the company collected and disposed of 16 tonnes of single-use plastic bottles and bottle caps.
"As an airport that hosts some 90 million people per year, we believe we can make a tangible difference by eliminating single-use plastics in consumer spaces," said Eugene Barry, executive vice president of commercial at Dubai Airports.
"By banning single use plastic at the airport, the UAE is able to send a strong message to the 89 million plus people who pass through our airports annually and act as leaders in the global fight against plastic pollution", added Habiba Al Mar’ashi, chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group.
One of the most overused single-use plastic included in the elimination efforts is straws, and in just one day the pledge will prevent the distribution of over 150,000 straws. That’s 30,000 metres worth of plastic which is a very good step in the right direction.