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CAIRO – 5 February 2020: Egypt’s central Zamalek district will be the first district in Cairo to adopt an initiative to limit the use of the single-use plastic bags, the environment minister said, in an effort to support international efforts to avoid the harm of plastic to the environment.
During the activities of a national initiative to stop the use of single-use plastic bags in the upscale district on Tuesday, Minister Yasmin Fouad urged the civil society and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness among residents concerning environment issues.
Many animals die after swallowing plastic bags. Plastic bags are also often burned, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere. In April last year, Former Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdullah announced banning the use of single-use plastic starting June 1st of the same year, due to its serious environmental damages.
In January this year, Youth loves Egypt Foundation, a non-profit organization, organized a major campaign to remove wastes from the banks of the Nile River. In November last year, the foundation said it could remove a total of 1.5 tons of waste.