Dubai Airports will ban single-use plastics at the world’s busiest international airport from 2020.
The company, which manages Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, on Monday, pledged to ban single-use plastics from consumer spaces from January 1 of next year.
Dubai Airports recycles over 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass, and other wastes each year, in a bid to limit its impact on the environment.
Over the past six months, Dubai Airports collected and disposed off 16 tonnes of single-use plastic bottles and bottle caps.
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“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,” Eugene Barry, executive vice president of Commercial at Dubai Airports.
“Today we are making a commitment to work with all of our concession and hospitality partners to achieve that goal.”
Last week on World Environment Day, Dubai Airports worked with more than 100 businesses operating at DXB to cease practices and the use of materials that harm the environment.
A number of measures were put in place, including banning plastic utensils, bags and paper receipts.
It also included the banning of one of the most overused single-use plastic, straws. In just one day, the pledge prevented the distribution of over 150,000 straws; the equivalent of 30,000 metres of plastic.