UAE. Dubai Airports has pledged to ban single use plastics from consumer spaces at DXB (Dubai International) from 1 January 2020.
The airport company said that it recycles over 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass and other waste to limit its impact on the environment each year. Over the past six months, Dubai Airports collected and disposed of 16 tonnes of single use plastic bottles and bottle caps.
“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 Executive Vice President, Commercial Eugene Barry. “Today we are making a commitment to work with all of our concession and hospitality partners to achieve that goal effective January 1, 2020.”
As a sign of that commitment, last week on World Environment Day, Dubai Airports collaborated with over 106 businesses at DXB to show the positive impact that can be made by eliminating practices and materials that can harm the environment (see video).
Measures included banning plastic utensils, bags and paper receipts. One of the most overused single use plastic included in the elimination efforts is straws, and in just one day the pledge prevented the distribution of over 150,000 straws.
That, said Dubai Airports, is 30,000m worth of plastic and “a very good step in the right direction”.