Dubai’s 25 fil fee for single-use bags will extend beyond plastic

Starting July 1, 2022, buyers will be charged per bag…

Earlier in the year, it was announced that Dubai would introduce a ‘green tariff’ from July 1, 2022. This meant that single-use plastic bags would cost 25 fils each if you wanted to use them for your purchases. However, the Dubai Municipality has now clarified that the rule applies to single-use bags of all materials, not just plastic.

According The National, the mandatory fee will apply to all single-use bags that can be made of plastic, paper, biodegradable plastic and biodegradable materials of plant origin; anything with a thickness of 57 micrometers (one thousandth of a millimeter).

Retailers will have four months to implement the charge and offer reusable alternatives if they wish. However, Dubai has laid out plans to completely ban single-use plastic after two years. Abu Dhabi will put a ban from June 2022.

The Dubai Municipality said the paper bags were worth the tariff because “the production… is also harmful to the environment and leads to the felling of a large number of trees and consumes large resources and energy.”

The The Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai previously published some startling facts stating that plastic bags take 400 years to decompose. Another thousand years are needed to mitigate its negative environmental impact.

The council also noted that here in the emirates, plastic bags were the cause of death for 86 per cent of tortoises and 50 per cent of camels.

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