Abu Dhabi has embarked on a new effort that they intend to accomplish by the end of 2022. The globe is always fighting against plastic waste . Hence the UAE’s capital will prohibit single-use plastic bags by the end of the year. The harmful debris in the water is the reason. Per some estimates, the UAE consumes 11 billion plastic bags each year. It is more than a thousand per person and almost three times the worldwide average.
The Goal Is To Eliminate All Single-Use Plastics In The Near Future
And, contrary to what the 90s bubblegum pop band Aqua would have us think, life in plastic isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Not the single-use things, at least. “Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever created still exists in some shape or form,” says Earthday.org’s plastic fact page.
It’s all there, moving in our ecosystems and marinating in our seas. It might also pose serious health risks to us.
Pandemic After-Effect On This Cause
The Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD) stated in March 2020 that all plastic bags would be banned by the end of 2021. “EAD and the Abu Dhabi government established the Abu Dhabi Single-Use Plastic Policy back in 2020. It was the night of the COVID-19 breakout,” Sheikha Al Mazrouei adds. Many policy tools, such as enacting rules targeting specific single-use plastic goods, were hampered and delayed by the epidemic.”
‘The ban on single-use plastics in Abu Dhabi would come to force soon.’
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When you consider all of the extras like PCR testing, disposable gloves, and masks, the pandemic wasn’t exactly the finest background for the battle against single-use plastic.
That isn’t to say the effort has gone unnoticed. In fact, green shoots have sprouted in response to the difficulties posed by the global health crisis. “During the epidemic, the EAD has used the time to establish the regulatory framework in close consultation with the necessary corporate and public sector players,” Al Mazrouei says.