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88% vote to regulate use of plastic bags in malls, markets, says Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs

88% vote to regulate use of plastic bags in malls, markets, says Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs

Speaking to Muscat Daily
, an official from Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs stated, “The survey began on Tuesday and will continue till Friday.”

The official stated more than two,726 individuals had voted with 88 per cent agreeing with the legislation. “So far, we have also received more than 97 suggestions from citizens and residents about recycling plastic bags. After completing the survey, all these suggestions will be forwarded to concerned officials in the ministry. Such surveys help in understanding environmental problems and ways to solve them. Preserving environment is everyone’s responsibility.”

The official stated that plastic bags pose a massive difficulty simply because they do not decompose for hundreds of years. “Plastic bags are one of the 20 most dangerous products manufactured today, polluting vast areas around cities and beaches around the world.”

He stated that the time has come to realise the ill effects of plastic bags. “Shops all through the sultanate rely on these bags. We are exerting a lot more efforts and cooperating with government and private bodies to spread awareness amongst individuals.

“Some firms use biodegradable plastic bags which decompose quickly, follow recycling methods and replace plastic bags with paper bags or fabric. Specialists in the ministry have conducted awareness lectures in schools and colleges. Campaigns have been held to create awareness about environmental risks of using plastic bags.”

Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has cooperated with Orpic, the Environment Society of Oman and other bodies, associations and civil society organisations to hold awareness campaigns on the concern.

Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, in cooperation with the UNEP Regional Office, participated in an initiative known as ‘Clean Seas’. “It was aimed to clean coral reefs and coastal sites of all waste.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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