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ATP start campaign to ban plastic bags

24 November 2018, MVT 10:43
Goods being carried in plastic bags. PHOTO: MIHAARU
24 November 2018, MVT 10:43

The Association of Tourism Professionals (ATP) started an awareness campaign to ban plastic bags in Maldives.

The president of ATP, Dr Sunny Umar, has stated that they are aiming to reduce the usage of plastic bags in order to promote the Maldivian tourism industry.

According to him, if they succeed with their project, they will be able to move forward in promoting Maldives as a popular tourist destination in the world.

“Our biggest target is islands with guest houses,” said the president of ATP. “Currently, Keyodhoo in Vaavu Atoll and Bodufulhadhu in North Ari Atoll, have banned all usage of plastic bags”.

Furthermore, Dr.Umar had declared that their target is to make the Maldives a plastic bag free country by 2020. He noted that various developed countries have been successful with their campaign on banning plastic bags.

The hazard of single-use plastic bags to the oceans is greater than ever before. The president of ATP pronounced that it was highly important for a fragile country such as the Maldives to protect its environment by using eco-friendly solutions.

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