Qatar to ban single-use plastic bags from November 15

Doha: Use of single-use plastic bags in Qatar will be banned from November 15 onwards, the Ministry of Municipality announced today in a press conference.

Based on the recent approval by the Cabinet, Ministry of Municipality said that institutions, companies, and shopping centers are prohibited from using single-use plastic bags in packaging, presenting, circulating, carrying, or transporting products and merchandise of all kinds from November 15, 2022, and replace them with multi-use plastic bags, biodegradable bags, bags made of paper or “woven” cloth and other biodegradable materials, which conforms to the approved standard specifications.

The decision stipulated that "the plastic bags, according to their category, shall be printed with a symbol indicating that they are degradable, reusable or recyclable."

The conference was attended by Ahmed Yousef Al Emadi, Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality, Eng Hamad Jassim Al Bahr, Director of Waste Recycling and Treatment Department, Eng Muhammad Hassan Al Nuaimi, Director of Al Wakra Municipality, and a number of Ministry officials.

• Single-use plastic bags: Bags made of plastic, from plastic flakes or fabric, with a thickness of less than 40 microns, and used once as packaging material, before being dumped or recycled.
• Plastic bags for multiple uses: Bags made of plastic, from flakes or plastic fabric, with thicknesses between 40 and 60 microns, and are intended to be used several times, as packaging material.