Dubai Airports, the operator of airports in Dubai, which includes Dubai International Airport (DXB), has pledged that DXB will soon ban single-use plastics from all consumer spaces in the terminals.
Effective from 1 January 2020, the initiative is seen as the next step in Dubai Airport’s efforts towards sustainability, which currently consists of the recycling of 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass and other waste, annually.
Additionally, the airport operator has reportedly collected 16 tonnes of single-use plastic bottles and bottle caps at DXB over the past six months alone.
Commenting on the initiative, Eugene Barry, EVP, Commercial at Dubai Airports, 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."