Dubai Airports to eliminate single-use plastics by 2020

 

Dubai Airports will ban single-use plastics from consumer spaces at the world’s busiest international airport from January 1 2020.

While over the past six months alone it has recycled over 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass, and other waste, Dubai Airports said it has collected and disposed of 16 tonnes of single-use plastic bottles and bottle cap in the past six months.

“At an airport that hosts some 90m people per year, we believe we can make a tangible difference by eliminating single-use plastics in consumer spaces,” said Eugene Barry, executive vice president, Commercial at Dubai Airports.

“Today we are making a commitment to work with all of our concession and hospitality partners to achieve that goal.”

As a sign of that commitment, Dubai Airports collaborated with over 106 businesses operating at DXB on World Environment Day last week to showcase the positive impact that can be made by eliminating practices and materials that can 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, the equivalent of 30,000 metres of plastic.

 

 

This edited article first appeared in Arabian Business.