Kuwait has become the latest country to ban single-plastic onboard ships within its territorial waters.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Communications announced the new policy in a circular issued late last month, according to the Gard P&I club.

It prohibits the use of certain single-use plastic items onboard Kuwaiti and foreign ships while in port in Kuwait or in Kuwaiti waters.

The items banned have been divided into two categories; items which are banned with immediate effect, and items which will be prohibited as of 1 January 2020.

Items prohibited with immediate effect include cutlery, plates and cups; bottles up to 10 liters for water and other drinks; garbage and shopping bags as well as dispensing containers for cleaning fluids that are less than 10 liters in volume.