Customs destroys almost 20,000 banned plastic items

Maldives Customs destroys confiscated items at Thilafushi on March 20, 2022. (Photo/Customs)

Maldives Customs, on Sunday, has destroyed almost 20,000 banned plastic items imported to Maldives – that were seized and kept in their custody.  

Via a statement, Customs said that they destroyed a large number of items that were in their custody at the Thilafushi waste disposal area today.

They named that the highest number of item destroyed today as cigarettes – being a total of 314,760.

The second highest number of items destroyed today, as per customs, is single-use plastic items. In this regard, a total of 19,968 banned single-use plastic items were destroyed.

Other items destroyed:

  •          8,038 alcohols bottles
  •          54 packets, flask and chocolate containing alcohol
  •          13 essence and vinegar with alcohol
  •          540 empty alcohol bottles and can
  •          1,103 beer bottles
  •         16.4 kilos of tobacco
  •         10 walky-talky sets
  •          2 Israeli-made products  

Starting from January, the production and sale of 13 types of single-use plastics has been banned in the Maldives.

A decree signed by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih which was gazetted on December 30 – read that the production and sale of 13 types of single-use plastics will be banned in the Maldives starting from specific dates.