Dubai announces new tariff on single-use plastic bags from July 1

Will implement a complete ban within two years

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Published: Mon 7 Feb 2022, 2:57 PM

Last updated: Mon 7 Feb 2022, 6:17 PM

A new policy approved in Dubai on Monday will make you think twice before asking for a plastic bag at stores.

Starting July 1, retail, textile and electronic stores, restaurants and pharmacies will charge 25 fils on single-use bags at counters. The tariff is also applicable to e-commerce deliveries.

The policy will be evaluated “over several stages” until single-use carrier bags are completely banned within two years.

Citing a survey, the Executive Council of Dubai said 100 per cent of businesses support introducing a total ban or imposition of a charge on single-use bags. About 85 per cent of Dubai’s residents said they would support the move as well.

Hundreds of camels and turtles die every year after consuming plastic in the country.

The Dubai Executive Council said the policy would enhance environmental sustainability and encourage individuals to reduce the use of plastics.

“With sustainability becoming a global priority, changing the behaviour of the community to reduce the environmental footprint of individuals is crucial to preserve natural resources and environmental habitats. The changes will ultimately contribute to a healthier environment, which is vital to maintaining a sustainable and high quality of life,” the Council said.

Tariff on single-use bags is currently in effect in over 30 countries. A partial or complete ban has been implemented in more than 90 countries globally, “reflecting the magnitude of international efforts to reduce the consumption of single-use bags”.


Citing studies, the Council said there is an “evident connection between the quality of the environment and the quality of life”.

“Key areas of association include the impact of air, water, and soil quality on physical health; the importance of natural habitats and biodiversity on mental health; and the significant role that the environment plays in the local economy across vital sectors such as tourism, entertainment, and food production, amongst others.”

Government entities have already implemented multiple programmes to enhance environmental protection and resource conservation. These include an integrated waste management strategy for the Emirate and reducing harmful fishing practices such as banning nets. The enforcement of fees for waste disposal beginning January 2022 will help reduce waste dumping in landfills.

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