Dubai Airports pledges to ban single-use plastics from 2020

Dubai Airports announced that it will ban single-use plastics from its consumer spaces with effect from January 1, 2020.

Every year the airport 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, as per the press statement.

“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,” 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 effective January 1, 2020.”

Towards this end, Dubai Airports said it joined hands with 106 businesses operating at the international airport on World Environment Day (June 5) to showcase the positive impact of eliminating practices and materials that could harm the environment.

A variety of measures were put in place including banning plastic utensils, bags and paper receipts. The pledge prevented the distribution of over 150,000 straws in a single day, which is 30,000 metres worth of plastic, and a good step in the right direction.