Environment Ministry: Issue of plastic bags in Jordan is worsening

Jordan

Published: 2019-12-05 10:35

Last Updated: 2019-12-05 11:11


Heba Al-Za'abalawi, head of the Department of Solid Waste Management at the Environment Ministry
Heba Al-Za'abalawi, head of the Department of Solid Waste Management at the Environment Ministry

During a special interview on Roya's "Nabd Al Balad" program yesterday, Engineer Heba Al-Za'abalawi, head of the Department of Solid Waste Management at the Ministry of Environment said that the issue of plastic bags in Jordan is worsening.

She confirmed that non-biodegradable plastic bags have a negative effect on the flora and fauna and rainwater drainage systems.

Za'abalawi mentioned that the Ministry of Environment felt that there should be a legislative system to prevent the production of non-biodegradable plastic bags, pointing out that this decision is not new.

The government had earlier passed a special regulation banning the importation and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags.

She mentioned that according to that regulation, the importation of all non-biodegradable plastic bags was banned except for the black plastic bags used for collecting wastes and seedling bags.

However, according to the new regulations, biodegradable materials should be added in the composition of bags with a thickness of less than 50, while bags of more than 50 microns do not require any biodegradable materials, as these bags are thick and can be used for more than once.

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