The country’s war against plastic pollution has been given a big boost following an agreement between two organisations.
Coinciding with Earth Day, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Coalition of Innovation in Recycling towards a Closed Loop Economy (Coalition Circle) will work together to introduce an efficient recycling model for plastic bottles, beverage cartons and other packaging.
Both parties expressed their commitment to develop a circular economy model to tackle plastic and packaging waste pollution by improving collection and recycling systems.
As part of the initiative, a pilot project will be launched to test the economic and environmental impact of plastic and packaging materials. The results from the study will be used to develop programmes to fast-track sustainability solutions to improve waste management infrastructure.
“Statistics indicate that nearly 13 million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans every year, causing annual ecological losses of over $13 billion (around AED 47 billion) to marine ecosystems. It is also expected that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050,” said Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, minister of Climate Change and Environment.
“Recognising the gravity of this issue and in a bid to address the root cause of plastic pollution, the UAE government is taking active measures to shift towards a more plastic-circular economy and adopt environment-friendly waste management solutions.
“Our integrated approach to waste management is in line with the country’s ambitious target of diverting 75 percent of municipal solid waste away from landfills by 2021.”