22 Feb '12, 5pm

UAE ban on disposable plastics, not just bags, moved up 1yr All short-use plastic products must now be biodegradable.

UAE ban on disposable plastics, not just bags, moved up 1yr All short-use plastic products must now be biodegradable.

The United Arab Emirates has moved forward a ban on all disposable plastic products, except those made from oxo-biodegradable plastics , from 2013 to the end of this year. Though oxo-biodegradable plastics cannot be composted as some biodegradable plastics can, if left in the open they will decompose within 2-18 months. In a landfill decomposition occurs much more slowly however, though still far more quickly than ordinary plastics. The ban, enacted by the Ministry of Environment and Water , was precipitated over concerns about plastic waste in the desert and the sea, and the effect of that on wildlife. Covered in the ban are all packaging and disposable plastic products such as shopping bags, packaging for food, magazines, garbage bags, shrink and pallet wrap, cling film, as well as other plastic designed to be used over short periods and discarded. (Packaging Gateway ) T...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/united-ara...

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