Oman environment authority clarifies its ban on single-use plastic bags
Muscat: Oman’s environment authority has issued a clarification on alternatives for single-use plastic bags that have been rendered banned in the Sultanate from January 1.
A statement issued online reads: “Based on inquiries received by the Environment Authority regarding specifications and alternatives to disposable bags covered under the ban under Resolution 23/2020, the Authority wishes to clarify the following,” and then the following conditions are listed.
The bags covered by the ban are said to be lightweight plastic shopping bags for everyday consumption and all sorts of decomposition bags, emphasizing that although they can disintegrate quickly in nature, their chemical properties remain, and that the damage is therefore environmental.
It is also said that the alternatives that can be used are paper and cardboard bags, cloth bags, cotton bags and non-woven bags that are reused and available in the markets and shops.
Furthermore, the authorities have made it clear that the plastic bags currently being released, in the first phase of the ban, are intended for waste collection, bags for planting seedlings, vegetable bags and fruit available in commercial centers, bags for meat and fish that are commercially available. centers, laundry bags and bags for bread packaging.
However, the authority has confirmed that this exception is only temporary as further details on it will be published later.
The government also invites everyone to look for suitable alternatives such as paper and cardboard bags and other containers for meat and fish by the end of this exception.