Egypt to establish two projects to limit single-use plastic bags: Minister

MENA , Monday 14 Nov 2022

Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Tarek El-Molla said on Monday that the ministry is implementing two major projects to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags as part of the national strategic plan for petrochemical industries.

Tarek El-Molla
Minister Tarek El-Molla during his participation at the session in the COP27 on Monday. Photo: Egypt s Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals Resources

 

The two projects include producing polylactic acid and using plastic waste to produce oil used for producing green ethylene.

El-Molla’s announcement came while addressing a session on combating plastic pollution held by the Mediterranean Energy Observatory (OME) on the fringes of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh on Monday.

The minister pointed out the dangers to the marine environment of plastic waste, noting that Egypt has developed a national strategy that aims to reduce overconsumption of single-use plastic bags by 2050.

He also added that Sharm El-Sheikh has already banned single-use plastic bags. 

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