Thursday, 28 Jan 2021
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) is working to enact a legislation that will limit the use of plastic bags.

MECA operating on legislation to limit use of plastic bags

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) as well has proposed to adopt ISO 17088 in the manufacture and import of plastic bags to decrease the environmental hazards resulting from plastic goods.

MECA held a preparatory meeting final week to prepare regulations on dealing with plastic bags. The meeting was held below the chairmanship of Dr Mohammad Majid al Kasbi, assistant director, Department of Chemical Materials, MECA.

Kasbi highlighted the concern of escalating use of plastics, particularly plastic bags, and that there is a ‘special concern’ about their influence on wildlife and marine life, as effectively as the leakage of these wastes to the seabed, exactly where it can stay forever. “It requires a serious response to solve this problem,” Kasbi mentioned.

The ministry stated that it seeks to enact legislation to limit the use of plastic bags and avoid its influence on the atmosphere for the security and well being of humans and marine organisms.

The meeting also discussed MoCI’s proposal regarding the adoption of ISO 17088 in the manufacture and import of plastic bags.

Nadia bint Mohammed al Sayabiya, head, chemical and petroleum goods specification, MoCI, highlighted the value of this normal in controlling the use of plastic bags in Oman. She mentioned plastic bags can be converted to compost below particular circumstances and the compost procedure complies with the GSO normal 901/1997 (relating to compost mixture made from strong waste from cities).

Eng Khamis al Mafraji, head of Fertiliser Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, confirmed that the normal specification proposed by MoCI has shown that there are no side effects of the use of compost created out of strong wastes which includes plastic goods on plants and the atmosphere.

It was agreed at the meeting that the proposal will be studied with the cooperation and coordination of all relevant parties.

In this regard, there will be workshops for producers, importers and distributors that will throw light on the provisions of the regulation and how to apply the requirements on the imported and locally manufactured plastic bags.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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