The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs represented by the Chemicals Department yesterday at the Ministry’s General Secretariat, carried out a meeting on clarifying the merits of the draft decision to prevent the use of single-use plastic shopping bags and replace them with bags that are reused and are environmentally friendly. Unilateral use and concerned in the government and private sectors,
The implementation of this meeting comes within the efforts exerted by the Ministry in the field of enhancing partnership and deepening cooperation with the governmental and private sectors in line with international efforts aimed at preserving human health and the environment, and in the belief in the importance of concerted efforts to implement the sustainable development goals set by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs at the top of its priorities, and to achieve Greater alignment and complementarity with the incorporation of sustainable development goals and indicators into national action plans for the management of plastic products and waste.
This legislation comes to face serious environmental challenges related mainly to environmental protection and public health, from the danger of plastic bags, whose effect remains as long-term non-degradable plastic waste, in addition to the difficulty of collecting and recycling them, which leads to an exacerbation of the size of this problem, which It was necessary to develop policies and guidelines for manufacturers and suppliers to ensure the correct transition to single-use shopping bag alternatives.
Through the presentations made by the team concerned with preparing this legislation, the reasons for preparing this decision to regulate the use of shopping bags as well as the objectives envisaged in its implementation were highlighted. During the discussion session at the meeting, a number of constructive opinions and ideas were presented among all the relevant authorities that will help in implementing The provisions and requirements of this decision are comprehensively and properly and in the public interest.
Biodegradable bags were also discussed during the discussion, and it was clarified that the fragmentation is the transformation of the plastic bag into smaller and smaller pieces as a result of the conditions surrounding it, until they reach very small pieces that you may not see with the naked eye, and they are called "microplastic", or smaller pieces and are called "Nanoplastic". This means that the plastic bag has been transformed, fragmented and fragmented from a large piece that can be seen into precise pieces that are not seen, but it is still plastic, and its danger to humans, the environment and wildlife still exists, but its presence in the form of small plastic minutes is more severe and more harmful to human health security And its environment, as these plastic particles are through the components of the environment, such as soil and the depths of the ocean, and studies have shown that these tiny plastic pieces may be transferred to the organs of the human body and to fungal organisms living in the environment.
It has been stressed that in the future it will not be allowed to supply single-use shopping bags of all different types, and all procedures will not affect manufacturers as well as consumers, which will help to keep abreast of developments and successive changes at the level of relevant global agreements.