Dubai implementing plastic ban at airports

Dubai International Airport, the world’s third-busiest for
passenger traffic, is ready to begin phasing in a ban on single-use plastics on
Jan. 1. 

The ban will begin with the removal of plastic cutlery,
straws, food packaging and bags from cafes, restaurants and shops. 

Since operator Dubai Airports first pledged in June to remove
plastics at Dubai International and the city’s smaller Al Maktoum Airport, it
has worked with more than 250 concession and hospitality partners to implement
the ban. The company also said that as 2020 progresses “significantly more
single-use plastic products will be replaced,” though it wasn’t specific as to
which products those will be. 

Notably, the project will see McDonald’s replace more than
5.6 million items with recyclable materials. And Costa Coffee will replace the
more than 2.6 million cups it uses each year at the two Dubai airports with a
plant-based cup. 

The plastics ban follows a similar measure by Delhi’s Indira
Gandhi this year. Meanwhile, San Francisco Airport banned plastic water bottles
in August.

And, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport, could be next. Earlier this month,
the Atlanta City Council voted to ban single-use plastics in all city
buildings, including the airport. The ban isn’t to take effect until the end of
2020 and will only apply to city purchases or to businesses on city contracts
signed after the effective date, according to the Atlanta Journal
Constitution.

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