Single use plastic phase out plan approved

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih | Photo: President's Office

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

The plan which was approved today, was also endorsed by the cabinet, prior to being approve by the President.

Although no details of the plan have been revealed yet, this move is in line with the announcement by the government of Maldives during President Solih’s maiden trip to the United Nations General Assembly, to attend its 74th session held in New York, in 2019. It has also been reiterated in the administration’s 2019-2023 Strategic Action Plan (SAP).

Single-use plastics or disposable plastics are items intended for one-time purposes only, regardless of whether they are recyclable, labelled as bioplastics, biodegradable or compostable. The plan envisions the Maldives’ seas to be rid of plastic pollution by the year 2023.