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In Egypt, a seaside resort bans single-use plastics

To fight pollution, the governor of Hurghada province in Egypt announced a ban on all single-use plastics in the Red Sea province starting June 1.

A first in Egypt: since June 1, the province of Hurghada in Egypt has totally banned single-use plastic. Ahmed Abdallah, Governor of Hurghada, has chosen to radically combat pollution in this seaside resort, which is very popular with tourists from all over the world. Disposable plastics, single-use straws and plastic bags are now prohibited.

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An initiative taken by all, for all

This prohibition currently applies to restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores, and pharmacies. Similarly, plastic forks, knives, cups, and crockery are also prohibited for sale. To overcome this ban, several solutions have been introduced by the governorate, such as the distribution of paper or reusable bags.

According to the United Nations, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans every year, endangering marine species and destroying natural landscapes. Already in 2017, Egypt had launched an EU-funded initiative to encourage people to limit the use of plastic bags.


Published on 5 June 2019