Dubai Airports pledges to ban single-use plastic in environmental push

Dubai Airports has pledged to ban single-use plastics from outlets on its premises by January 2020. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 11 June 2019

Dubai Airports pledges to ban single-use plastic in environmental push

  • Dubai's busiest airport pledges to ban the use of single-use plastic
  • There were 150,000 plastic straws prevented from being used in one day

DUBAI: Single-use plastic is set to be banned from retail outlets operating in Dubai International Airport from January 2020 as it continues in its efforts to slash the amount of plastic waste it produces.

The airport already recycles 43,000 tons of glass, paper, and other types of waste every year, according to a press statement released by Dubai Airports announcing its latest pledge to help save the environment.

In one day the pledge prevented 150,000 plastic straws from being used – that’s the equivalent of 30,000 meters of plastic.

Dubai Airports Executive Vice President, Eugene Barry said the company was working with retail and food companies operating in the airport to meet the pledge.

“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,” Barry said.

In the last six months Dubai Airports disposed of 16 tons of single-use plastic bottles and caps the statement added.

It is not the first time a UAE-based aviation company has taken environment friendly steps.

In April Etihad Airways marked Earth Day by operating its first long-haul flight without single-use plastic.


Google postpones Android 11 unveiling amid US protests

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Google postpones Android 11 unveiling amid US protests

  • ‘We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate’

Alphabet’s Google on Saturday said it has postponed next week’s planned unveiling of the beta version of its latest Android 11 mobile operating system in light of protests and unrest in the United States.
“We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate,” Google said in a message posted on its Android developers website.
The event was originally scheduled to take place virtually on Wednesday, according to the website. In a tweet, it said that it will announce more details on the new version of Android “soon,” without specifying any dates.
Protests have spread across the United States over the killing of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man who died after being pinned by the neck under a white police officer’s knee.