Sharjah stores to charge 25 fils for plastic bags from today

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As Sharjah prepares to ban single-use plastic bags and materials from January 1, 2024, sales outlets in the emirate will start charging consumers 25 fils for each plastic bag they ask for.

The new plastic tariff — announced in August — comes into effect today, October 1.

From January 1, 2024, it will be prohibited to trade, produce, offer or import single-use plastic bags and materials in the emirate. According to a resolution issued by the Sharjah Executive Council, environmentally-friendly alternatives and multi-use bags will be provided to shoppers.

The resolution aims to protect the environment from the dangers of plastic pollution. It will encourage a culture of sustainability among residents by reducing the use of single-use bags till they are totally banned.

Authorities will ensure that the use of multi-use bags is governed by sustainability standards. These bags will be subject to technical specifications approved by the Department of Municipal Affairs.



Khaleej Times

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