KUWAIT, Nov 27 (KUNA) -- In addition to a gradual switch to use of shopping
bags made of paper or bio-degradable material, the state aims at zero plastic
use by the year 2020, said the Environment Public Authority in a seminar,
The EPA Chairman Salah Al-Midhi said, in a visual presentation, that the
new types of bags would be used even for bread and bakery products, as well as
grocery and all types of shopping. The switch in type of carrier bags targets
a goal of less than 10 percent the current use of plastic in this area.
As of 2014, items such as table spreads, plastic dry cleaning bags, and
plastic sheets used in construction and agricultural activity would also be
modified. Import of non-bio-degradable plastic bags would be banned as of
2015, and all state bodies and bodies concerned are to cooperate to reach the
ultimate goal of this campaign, which is "no consumer product made with
non-bio-degradable plastic by 2020."
The EPA is meanwhile working on promoting and introducing materials that
are added to render plastic bio-degradable. Such material would be exempt of
customs fees and penalties would be introduced to guarantee realization of
this target, he said.
The issue of plastic is of particular concern to Kuwait because it is a
small country which cannot afford to waste valuable space for waste dumps for
much longer. The pollution caused by disposal and treatment of such waste is
also a great concern for the population, he added.
"The new bags are cheaper, soil-friendly, and environment-friendly, which
is a big bonus. There is the added bonus of not having to worry and spend on
disposal of the bags after use."
The average consumption in Kuwait per capital is six plastic bags per day,
he said. Such initiatives as that by the "Friends of the Environment" in 2007
when a million environment-friendly bags were distributed to 12 coops
contribute to this cause and to spreading awareness.(end)
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