Following its announcement in June to ban single-use plastic by January 1 2020, Dubai Airports has announced 95% of its commercial partners have pledged to stop using disposable plastic.
As 2020 begins, plastic items such as cutlery, straws and packaging will be gradually removed from F&B venues and shops at the two Dubai-situated airports.
Costa Coffee for example has committed to replacing its plastic-lined cups with 100% renewable, plant-based ‘smart cups’. Dubai Airports explained that the coffee giant sold more than 2.6 million cups of coffee in the airports this year.
Other partners included Pret a Manger, McDonalds and Giraffe, making up approximately 290 retail and F&B outlets to have signed this.
Research shared by Dubai Airports revealed that in the UAE, more than 52% of travellers say they carry a reusable water bottle, with 49% also saying they would choose a particular restaurant to avoid plastic packaging. It was also revealed 32% would avoid buying products containing non-recyclable materials.
Together Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport bring in 90 million passengers a year. The UAE alone produces approximately seven billion tonnes of plastic waste each year said Dubai Airports.
Dubai Airports concluded with saying 92% of surveyed passengers wish airports would be more vocal about what is done with recycled waste.