President Solih Approves Single-Use Plastic Phasing Out Plan

The President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, has now approved a plan proposed by the Ministry of Environment and Energy to phase out single-use plastic in the Maldives by 2023.

Prior to its approval by the President yesterday, the plan was also endorsed by the cabinet.

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No details of the plan have been revealed yet. However, this move is in line with the administration’s 2019-2023 Strategic Action Plan (SAP). The plan was also announced by the government of Maldives during President Solih’s trip to the United Nations General Assembly in 2019.

Single-use plastics or disposable plastics are items intended for one-time purposes only, regardless of whether they are recyclable, labeled as bioplastics, biodegradable or compostable.

The single-use plastic phasing out plan envisions the Maldivian seas to be completely rid of plastic pollution by the year 2023.

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