Dubai Airports (DXB) has revealed its decision to ban single-use plastics from its consumer spaces, effective from 1 January 2020.
As part of its pledge, DXB has prevented the use of more than 150,000 straws, which is 30,000m worth of plastic. It noted that plastic straws are one of the most overused single-use plastics.
Commenting on the initiative, Emirates Leisure Retail Costa Coffee marketing head Shemaine Jones was quoted by Gulf News as saying: “We’re going to stop the use of plastic straws and we will replace that with a more environmentally friendly option.
“What we’ve also decided to do to launch this initiative is to partner with Dubai Airports and Mariska Nell, who is an award-winning sculpturist and we have created an upcycled globe made out of 60,000 straws that we are not going to be using anymore.”
In line with its intention, Dubai Airports also demonstrated the positive effect of ending practices and reducing the use of materials that damage the environment on World Environment Day last week.
The programme was carried out in partnership with more than 106 businesses operating at DXB.
According to the airport operator, various measures including banning plastic bags, utensils and paper receipts were implemented.
The airport operator recycles more than 43,000t of paper, glass and other waste every year as part of a commitment to reducing its environmental impact.
In the last six months, the airport eliminated around 16t of single-use plastic bottles and caps.
Dubai Airports Commercial executive vice-president Eugene Barry said: “At an airport that hosts some 90 million people per year, we believe we can make a tangible difference by eliminating single-use plastics in consumer spaces.
“Today we are making a commitment to work with all of our concession and hospitality partners to achieve that goal effective 1 January 2020.”