This was underlined during a meeting called by the Ministry of Municipality on Tuesday morning.
Ahmed Youssef al-Emadi
The meeting was organized to publicize Decision No. 14 of HE the Minister of Municipality for 2022 regarding the regulation of the use of plastic bags, which will come into force on November 15, in addition to Ministerial Decision No. 170 for 2021, concerning the segregation of solid waste.
A number of ministry officials, officials and representatives of hotels, shopping complexes and other private sector organizations across the country attended, a press release said.
Hamad Jassim al-Bahr
Ahmed Yousef al-Emadi, director of the legal affairs department; Hamad Jassim al-Bahr, director of the waste management and recycling department; Muqbil al-Shammari, director of the public cleanliness department; and Jabir Hassan al-Jabir, director of Al Rayyan municipality, were present along with other municipal directors, directors of municipal affairs departments and relevant officials.
Al-Emadi welcomed the participants and highlighted the role of the private sector as the main partner of the Ministry of Municipality in implementing these ministerial decisions. He said the private sector is the main contributor to the economic development of the country and has a social responsibility.
Regarding the ministerial decision No. 170 for 2021 on the separation of solid waste, he said that all organizations, companies and entities concerned should provide sorting containers for waste, and it was remarked that the decision is not implemented in the appropriate and desired manner.
Jabir Hassan al-Jabir
Accordingly, from October 1, the municipalities will take all necessary legal measures and impose the appropriate penalties on offenders who do not implement the decision and do not ensure appropriate separation of waste in their premises.
He said the decision on the use of plastic bags specified a certain type of recyclable bags and banned single-use bags which have a harmful impact on the environment, and said the country was working to limit using these bags. He noted that the Ministry of Municipality has held a number of meetings with representatives of plastic factories to ensure the implementation of technical standards and specifications for these bags.
Al-Emadi explained that some organizations and facilities started using biodegradable and eco-friendly bags from the moment the ruling was issued. He thanked them for having such a level of awareness to limit waste and preserve the environment, because they are a good example to follow.
The official stressed that the competent services of the municipalities will follow up and ensure the implementation of the ministerial decision through their health control sections. He noted that standards and specifications for plastic bags have been put in place as part of sanitary conditions for retailers, shops and commercial outlets. The conditions will apply to the packaging of foodstuffs, which will be controlled by the Ministry of Municipality, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Public Health.
Al-Bahr said some factories have already replaced plastic bag making lines with ones that meet specifications, which would eventually reduce the amount of plastic bags. He noted that the new bags would have to have symbols indicating that they are recyclable, biodegradable or reusable to comply with the ruling.
Before the end of the meeting, an open discussion took place among the participants and the officials answered questions from the representatives of hotels, companies and commercial complexes.