Oman bans plastic bags


DUBAI: Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs announced on Tuesday that the country will soon ban plastic bags from all supermarkets, local daily Times of Oman reported.

“After studying the market and the types of bags, the decision will see the light of day soon after the final approval from the specifications and standards committee at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry,” an official at the ministry said in a statement.

The announcement came on World Environment Day as countries across the world implemented more rigid rules concerning the use of plastic.

Earlier this year, UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste in Britain by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action” and her government is looking at a range of options including banning some products and using the tax system to change consumers’ behavior.

Chile will also become the first Latin American country to ban all retail businesses from using plastic bags.

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