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Maldives Airports Company Limited moves against single-use plastics

04 December 2018, MVT 12:34
The glass bottles that MACL plans to use. PHOTO: AHMED NISHAATH/MIHAARU
04 December 2018, MVT 12:34

The Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) on Tuesday, launched their ‘Reduce Plastic’ campaign at a special event held at Velana International Airport (VIA).

Deputy Chief Information Officer Moosa Solih led the company's movement towards ending the consumption of single-use plastics, showcasing cloth bags and glass bottles to be used in the airport.

In his speech, Solih noted that VIA is well known in the Asian region as a company that is environmentally conscious and actively contributes to the global fight against pollution.

Hassan Areef, MACL’s Associate General Manager, announced that the first goal of their ‘Reduce Plastic’ campaign is to reduce the company's plastic footprint.

Highlighting the thousands of workers at MACL, he called on all employees to work together so that the company may eliminate their contribution to issues of plastic pollution, by the end of the year.

“Our target is to see a significant drop in plastic usage in the airport. We will do it,” said Areef.

MACL's announcement comes during a surge of awareness about the dangers of plastic use and pollution in the public sector.

On Monday, the President’s Office banned the use of single-use plastics, with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Foreign Affairs following suit shortly thereafter.

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