In continuation of the efforts of the environmentally friendly emirate and its supportive plans of conservation, Sharjah has announced plans to ban single-use plastic bags and materials in the emirate starting from January 1, 2024.
The decision to ban was taken during a meeting the Sharjah Executive Council (SEC) Tuesday morning at the Sharjah Ruler’s office under the chairmanship of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, and Deputy Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council, reported Wam.
Under the new decision, it is prohibited, to trade, produce, offer or import single-use plastic bags and materials in the emirate, provided that they are replaced with multi-use bags and materials with technical specifications and standards approved by the Department of Municipalities Affairs.
During its meeting, the council discussed several governmental issues associated with development projects in various sectors, legal legislation, and performance indicators for government departments and bodies.
The SEC decision aims to: 1. Protect the environment from the dangers of plastic pollution and reduce the negative effects resulting from harmful practices.
2. Enhance and encourage a culture of environmental protection and sustainability by reducing the consumption of single-use plastic bags and materials, leading to their ban.
3. Organise the shift from the consumption of single-use plastic bags and materials, and provide environmentally friendly alternatives.
4. Ensure that multi-use bags and materials are handled sustainably.
At the meeting, the council was briefed on a visual presentation on the project of earth levelling for the areas of the Mahthab Suburb in Sharjah, in which the levelling work for the areas of Al Qutainah (1 to 6) was completed, during which more than 30 million sq m were filled to be ready for the rest of the services works and the start of housing construction works.
The presentation also addressed a set of challenges facing earth levelling works in various regions, which may cause delays in implementation, in addition to a set of development recommendations.