The decision to ban single-use plastic bags in the Emirate from January 1

The Executive Council of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain has announced that the decision to ban the use of single-use plastic bags in the Emirate will come into effect on January 1, 2023.

According to the decision, single-use plastic bags in the Emirate will be replaced from January 1 by multi-use bags, with specifications and technical standards approved by the Umm Al Quwain Municipality, or biodegradable, or bags made of paper or “woven ” dust.

To achieve the objectives of this decision, the outlets in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain are required to impose a tariff of not less than (25) fils on each single-use plastic bag it presents from the date of January 1, 2023 to consumers, as a prelude to the complete ban on single-use plastic bags in the country. In addition to implementing awareness-raising initiatives that contribute to reducing the consumption of single-use plastic bags, informing consumers about the rate that will be imposed on the consumption of single-use plastic bags, educate them about their risks and guide them through their use and offer appropriate alternatives.

The decision aims to protect the environment from the dangers of plastic pollution, reduce the negative consequences of wrong practices, encourage a culture of environmental protection and its sustainability by reducing the consumption of single-use plastic bags, leading to a ban, and promotion of community member behavior through environmental awareness and education programs to reduce environmental pollution, environmental footprint, and support the Emirate’s efforts to achieve Umm Al Quwain’s strategy for a sustainable blue economy.

The Department of Umm Al Quwain Municipality is responsible for developing the necessary plans and policies to implement the provisions of this Decree and submit them for approval to the Executive Council, determining the single-use plastic bags to be banned use and its exceptions, and preparing and implementing awareness and educational programs on the importance of shifting consumption from single-use plastic bags to other sustainable and versatile alternatives.

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