Guide in Arabic and English to provide information
The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) held an awareness session for government institutions and the private sector and the Green Business Network to familiarize them with the plastic policy guide disposable (SUPP).
A ban on single-use plastic products in Abu Dhabi came into effect on June 1, 2022, as part of the emirate’s integrated single-use plastic policy. The initiative prevents the sale of single-use plastic bags at all retailers.
EAD said it has published the Single-Use Plastic Policy Guide in Arabic and English to provide information on the policy to government and private institutions and their employees.
The aim is to declare government entities in Abu Dhabi free of single-use plastic and non-plastic materials by limiting the use of these products and switching to multi-use alternatives with less impact on the environment.
The guide is a component of the SUPP which was launched by the Agency in March 2020 with the aim of gradually reducing the consumption of single-use plastics across Abu Dhabi, while promoting more reusable products.
During the session, EAD called on government organizations to begin implementing the guide’s procedures to release targeted materials appropriate to their structures and activities.
The guide emphasizes the prohibition of single-use products in all government offices and their presence at any event or activity organized by government authorities. These materials include single-use plastic and non-plastic bags, such as paper bags. This is in addition to single-use cutlery, including forks, spoons, knives and chopsticks made of plastic, wood, bamboo or other single-use materials.
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Other materials described in the guide are: disposable plastic and paper straws, plastic, cardboard or aluminum food containers, disposable plastic or paper drink cups and lids, single-use plastic plates , cardboard and aluminum and disposable chopsticks. Also mentioned are single-use plastic, glass or cardboard bottles.
The guide provides examples of versatile alternatives, such as stainless steel cutlery, mugs, dishes, medium-sized bottles and tall mugs in glass or melamine or its equivalent.
For successful implementation of the policy, the guide urges government agencies to increase the environmental awareness of their employees, foster positive change in their behavior, and encourage them to participate in and support institutional aspirations for change. The guide suggests this can be achieved through the dissemination of information and awareness materials through internal communication channels and the organization of workshops for employees to discuss the challenges.
The guide also suggests that government organizations can benefit from the Agency’s Green Business Network, which supports institutions’ environmental awareness by providing relevant materials, running workshops and organizing various environmental initiatives to drive consumer behavior change. .