The Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy has launched a new national initiative called “Enough Plastic Bags” aiming at limiting the usage of plastic bags in Egypt.
The Ministry of Environment has inaugurated the initiative in line with the global efforts undertaken to reduce the consumption of plastic bags for representing dangers to sanitation, environment and economy.
The EU-funded project will be executed in partnership with the United Nations and Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Regions and Europe (CEDARE).
The initiative aims to encourage citizens to reduce their consumption of plastic bags and to shift towards more environment-friendly alternatives.
Egyptians use about 12 billion plastic bags each year, causing severe problems to the Nile river and the seas. Hence, it negatively affects environmental tourism and diving.
Fahmy announced that several initiatives will be taken in collaboration with malls, grand markets, and pharmacies to encourage the reduction of plastic bags consumption. He further added that advertisement campaigns will be a part of the initiative.