Ministerial Decision

Environment Authority: Decision 8/2024 Banning the Use of Plastic Shopping Bags

2024/8 8/2024


Based on the Law on Environment Protection and Pollution Control promulgated by Royal Decree 114/2001,

Royal Decree 106/2020 Establishing the Environment Authority, Determining Its Competences, and Adopting Its Organisational Structure,

and Ministerial Decision 23/2020 regarding the Ban on Using Single-Use Plastic Shopping Bags,

and in pursuance of public interest,

it is hereby decided

Article I

Companies, establishments, and individuals shall not use single-use plastic shopping bags that are less than (50) fifty micrometres thick and are used once.

Article II

Without prejudice to the provisions of article I of this decision, companies and establishments shall not use plastic shopping bags of all kinds, in accordance with the time plan attached to this decision.

Individuals shall not use these bags as of the final date specified in the time plan attached to this decision.

Article III

Without prejudice to any punishment more severe stipulated in the aforementioned Law on Environment Protection and Pollution Control, an administrative fine of not less than (50) fifty Rial Omani and not exceeding (1,000) one thousand Rial Omani is imposed on whoever violates the provisions of this decision.

The fine is doubled in the event of the repetition of the violation. Committing a similar violation within one month from the date of the imposition of the fine is deemed a repetition in the application of the provisions of this article.

Article IV

The aforementioned Ministerial Decision 23/2020 is hereby repealed, as well as all that is contrary to this decision or in conflict with its provisions.

Article V

This decision shall be published in the Official Gazette, and comes into force on the day following the date of its publication.

Issued on: 12 Rajab 1445
Corresponding to: 24 January 2024

Dr Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al-Amri
President of the Environment Authority

Published in Official Gazette 1532 issued on 11 February 2024.

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