The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs is working to complete the regulation on the ban of plastic bags.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the ministry said that it is working on a plan to reduce the use of plastics. “The ministry is currently working to complete the regulation on the use of plastic bags to biodegradable ones to limit their hazards on the environment and human health, as well as the sustainability of the ecological system and biodiversity in coordination with other competent authorities.”
According to an investigation done by Y magazine in November last year, a staggering 47 tonnes of plastic capes and 4.6 tonnes of car service covers are dumped in Oman a month.
Currently, plastic waste makes 21 per cent of the total waste in Oman’s landfills, thereby making it the second most produced waste after organic waste (food), according to Abdul Rahman Al Busaidi, the Business Development Executive at Oman Environmental Services Holding Company be’ah (a company that aims to manage waste in a sustainable manner that is socially acceptable, financially cost-effective and environmentally responsible).