Drive to collect non-degradable bags.
FUJAIRAH -- The Environment Protection Section of the Public Services and Environment Department of Fujairah Municipality has launched a campaign to collect non-degradable plastic bags in the emirate as the municipality's ban on such bags came into effect on January 1.
The move comes in line with the initiative the Ministry of Environment and Water had unleashed at the end of 2009 themed 'UAE free from plastic bags' and aimed to cut down on and prohibit using plastic bags, which are unsusceptible to biodegradation, in the country.
The initiative falls in accordance with the directives of the Director-General of the Fujairah Municipality, Mohammed Saif Al Afkham, after which awareness campaigns have been stepped up to warn the public of using non-degradable plastic bags and its hazards to health and the environment. The initiative aims to encourage using alternatives like degradable plastic bags or those made of clothes which could be reused.
A circular to this end was forwarded to all trade establishments. Another administrative circular was issued by the municipality to obligate manufacturers and suppliers of plastic bags to register their products as per the Emirates Conformity Assessment Scheme (ECAS). Marketing any unregistered products with the ECAS has been prohibited.
In the light of what had been achieved and in continuity with the ministry's initiative, the Environment Protection Section decided to begin 2012 with a two-pronged inspection drive.
The first is to ascertain to what extent manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of plastic bags comply with the municipality's order, and the second is to instill in residents the concept of maintaining and protecting the environment by raising awareness on the perils of plastic bags.
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