UAE to ban non-biodegradable plastic products

4 March 2013 (Last Updated March 4th, 2013 18:30)

UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water has issued a verdict stating that the circulation and marketing of non-biodegradable plastic products will be banned, starting 2014.

UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water has issued a verdict stating that the circulation and marketing of non-biodegradable plastic products will be banned, starting 2014.

The initiative has been adopted to reduce use of plastic products that are non-biodegradable.

According to the ministry, the ban also extends to plastic products which are not registered in accordance with the Emirates conformity assessment system (ECAS).

The manufacturers of the plastic products are required to meet a list of requirements and conditions applicable in this regard and in line with the UAE standard specifications (5009:2009) within a time frame not exceeding 31 December.

As part of the ban, it is mandatory for plastics manufacturers and suppliers to register 15 non-biodegradable products, including newspaper and magazine wrap, bubble wrap and cushioning packaging, flower wrap, overwrap and stretch film.

The resolution also deals with products including cling film, shrink film and plastic liner, as well as personal care products such as gloves and seedling bags.

As part of the campaign, the ministry further considers planning imposing fees on plastic bags that are used by consumers in a bid to cut down the excessive consumption of plastic bags, including non-biodegradable bags.

The ministry noted that stores distribute single-use plastic shopping bags to customers when they purchase goods.

The misuse and casual disposal of the plastic materials can result in suffocation, especially among children, and death of wild animals as well as marine life.