The Resort City of Israel, Eilat recently announced its brilliant decision to ban the use of disposable plastic products on its beaches. Eilat is the first city in Israel to pass such a by-law. By Ritika Dixit

Eilat, Israel’s southernmost Red Sea resort city, on Thursday, announced its decision to ban the use of disposable plastic products on its beaches. People who are seen littering or even using plastic disposables on the beaches in the city will be fined up to 730 Israeli New Shekel, according to the new by-law by the city council. The by-law applies to any item which is made using plastic, cardboard, paper or even aluminium. Items like cutlery, plates, cups, drinking straws, bags, covers, and stirrers are also strictly prohibited from the beaches. City council has also put a ban on the sale of these items at kiosks or restaurants close to the sea or the shore.

Eilat is a city of unique natural resources and the new by-law is seen as an attempt at safeguarding and preserving the natural diversity of the city, especially the Gulf of Eilat. The decision to ban the use of plastic disposables on the beach is considered crucial due to the proximity of the coral reef to the beach.

Even though the by-law still awaits approval by the interior ministry before taking effect, it has already received due recognition from multiple environment NGO’s, defining the law as a groundbreaking step in the direction of environmental sustainability.

The decision is a first of its kind in Israel; many other countries around the world have already passed laws which ban the use of disposable plastic products. Leaders in the campaign include countries in the European Union, Africa and South America, and various districts of Canada and the United States of America.

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