The Environmental Protection and Development Authority in Ras Al Khaimah has banned the use of plastic bags in RAK beaches. The ban is applicable to all, beach and sea goers and fishermen alike, and shall be enforced strictly by staff inspectors. The ban is in line with the department’s effort to protect the marine environment and the natural resources.
The authority is monitoring all fishing ports and fish offloading areas to ensure compliance with the plastic bags ban, since plastic wastes which are neither biodegradable nor disintegrating, affect the mortality of marine life and cause pollution of the marine environment. The authority has also had agreements with the main shopping centres in the emirate to stop using plastic bags and have provided eco-friendly bags to consumers in order to raise public awareness.