Announcing the ban, the government dismissed the demands of food, beverage and consumer goods companies to hold off the restriction to avoid disruptions.
Dr Suhail Al Bastaki said that consumers are using recyclable and environmentally friendly bags that can be used multiple times while making a purchase.
The decision aims at protecting the environment from the dangers of plastic pollution, reducing the negative effects resulting from erroneous practices and encouraging the environment conservation and sustainability culture protection by reducing the use of single-use plastic bags until they are completely banned.
Themed ‘Pile it Up’, EAD will challenge schools in Abu Dhabi against each other to collect and return single-use plastic water bottles for a two-month period, with all collected waste to be sent for recycling.
According to the decision, as of the first of next January, single-use plastic bags in the emirate will be replaced with multi-use bags.
A flagship programme to encourage individual and collective action on climate was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the United Nations Secretary-General recently.
The Resolution seeks to curb the consumption of plastic bags and regulate the production, circulation and use of single-use products.