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Maldives begins work to eliminate single-use plastics by 2025

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01-July-2019

The Maldives Parliament on Monday passed a resolution to completely ban the use of single-use plastics from 2025 in a bid to protect the environment.

The resolution was presented to the parliamentary floor by the Maldives Environment and Climate Change Committee following a special request made by students from 17 schools urging the Parliament for greater action on environmental protection, Raajje TV reported.

The resolution was passed with 64 parliamentarians voting in favour in the 85 member House. It banned the import of plastic bags, and the establishment of an alternative to plastic packaging for imports by 2025.

The resolution also called for all single-use plastics in the country to be collected and re-cycled or re-used responsibly till the ban came into full effect. IANS