The municipality of Jbeil will ban all use of plastic bags by the start of 2019, officials confirmed.
In a memo issued by the municipality, the local government has urged all supermarkets and retail outlets to replace plastic bags with eco-friendly alternatives by the start of next year.
The municipality is attempting to cut down some of its waste, and is urging other cities and municipalities to follow suit.
Many Lebanese environmental groups praised the decision, including Greenpeace Mediterranean global campaign.
“The Jbeil municipality got it right,” Julien Jreissati, a Greenpeace campaigner, told The Daily Star. “Our path out of this garbage crisis starts by reducing the amount of waste we produce.”
The memo’s release comes just two days after Starbucks announced it will stop using disposable plastic straws by 2020 in a effort to eliminate some of the 335 million tons of plastic waste produced globally every year.