Plastic cutlery, drinking straws, take-away food packaging and polythene bags to no longer be available at the airports .

Dubai's two airports (DXB and DWC) will soon be free of single-use plastics in a bid to manage environmental impact, as announced earlier this year.

Dubai Airports has been working closely with more than 250 of its concession and hospitality partners to fulfil the promise by the beginning of the new year.

With 90 million passengers passing through Dubai's two airports - DXB and DWC - every year, consuming tens of thousands of plastic items from straws to water bottles to coffee lids daily, the plastic-free initiative has presented some serious challenges for those involved.

The phased approach will see plastic cutlery, drinking straws, take-away food packaging and polythene bags removed from cafés, restaurants and shops at the world's busiest international airport from January 1, 2020.

During the next twelve months additional products will be replaced both in customer spaces and behind the scenes.

Results from a specially commissioned survey into the recycling habits of travellers showed an increased awareness, both around personal usage of plastic products and recycling, at home and while travelling.

More single-use plastic products will be replaced throughout the two airports through 2020.