President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih issued a decree on Monday republishing the list of Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) banned for import into the Maldives under the Waste Management Act (Act No. 24/2022).

Phasing out the use of SUPs in the Maldives is one of the government’s key environmental pledges. The Waste Management Act, ratified on December 18, 2022, repealed Sections 1-8 of the Environment Protection and Preservation Act (Act No. 4/1993).

The list published today specifies 13 items, prohibits their manufacture within the country, and dates when they will be banned from importation into the country.