Dubai Airports pledges to ban single-use plastics by 2020

As the war on plastics rages on, Dubai Airports plans to do more, with single-use plastics banned in both DXB and DWC from next year.

Dubai Airports pledges to ban single-use plastics by 2020

Dubai Airports has pledged to do its part to rid the planet of single-use plastics; announcing its intention to ban them from consumer spaces at the world’s busiest international airport effective from 1 January 2020.

Every year Dubai Airports recycles over 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass and other waste to limit its impact on the environment. Over the past six months alone, Dubai Airports collected and disposed of 16 tonnes of single-use plastic bottles and bottle caps.

Eugene Barry, Executive Vice President, Commercial at Dubai Airports, commented: “At an airport that hosts some 90 million people per year, we believe we can make a tangible difference by eliminating single use plastics in consumer spaces. We are making a commitment to work with all of our concession and hospitality partners to achieve that goal effective 1 January 2020.”

As a sign of that commitment, on World Environment Day Dubai Airports collaborated with over 106 businesses operating at Dubai International Airport to showcase the positive impact that can be made by eliminating practices and materials that harm the environment. A variety of measures were put in place including banning plastic utensils, bags and paper receipts. One of the most overused single-use plastic included in the elimination efforts is straws, and in just one day the pledge prevented the distribution of over 150,000 straws. That’s 30,000 metres worth of plastic and a good step in the right direction. 

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