Shops in Dubai to apply the “plastic bags” rate

Today, Friday, all malls in Dubai started applying the 25 fils tariff on single-use plastic bags, in preparation for their complete ban within two years.

The municipality indicates that all stores are obliged to charge a single-use rate of 25 fils per bag, and that a different rate can be levied on sustainable (reusable) alternatives if the store offers it.

The municipality pointed out that the rate will apply to all single-use bags used to carry goods at the point of sale to special specifications, including “any bag less than 57 micrometers thick, including bags made of plastic, paper, biodegradable plastic and biodegradable plant material.”

With regard to the possibility to use paper bags as a free alternative, the municipality states that the identification applies to all disposable bags for the transport of goods, including paper bags with a thickness of less than 57 micrometers, and that shops are not obliged to provide free alternatives. , as the goal is to make a change in consumer behavior to preserve the local environment.

She stressed that the rate is mandatory for all shops that use single-use bags to carry goods, and that bags of other quality can be supplied as an alternative to plastic bags.

However, the rate applies to the alternatives if the specifications correspond to the one-way bags for the transport of goods.

She said that the price of plastic bags can be paid on the bill just like any other good registered at the time of purchase, and that the rate is not charged if the consumer brings their own bags.

“There is no cap on the number of bags sold to a single consumer, but we recommend that employees at payment points be trained to rationalize the use of bags when packing and delivering purchases,” she added.

The Dubai Municipality added: “A tariff has been imposed on single-use bags as single-use bags are a major source of litter and pollution in our environment. These bags only decompose after a very long period and are only used once. used – maybe twice.” Before being thrown away, most are used only once to transport goods from the store home.

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