A new ‘pay as you throw’ waste fee is coming soon for residential and commercial buildings in Dubai.
The new fee will charge all buildings in Dubai for waste collection as Dubai Municipality has decided to outsource the service to the private sector, a report from local daily Gulf News has stated.
According to the report, a senior municipality official confirmed that the civic body would stop waste collection and transportation service to all buildings that are considered as business — whether commercial or residential — after it announces the proposed tipping fee.
“We were supposed to announce the tipping fee first, which we are going to do soon. We will give a maximum of six months for the buildings to make the contract after the tipping fee is announced,” Abdul Majeed Abdul Aziz Al Saifaie, Director of the Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality.
This means building owners or property management companies will have to contract with private companies approved by the municipality for collecting and transporting waste to landfills, Abdul Majeed Abdul Aziz Al Saifaie added.
The official did not provide the date of announcing the tipping fee which will be levied per tonne of garbage from the companies transporting waste to landfills.
However, it has been estimated that the move to outsource the waste collection service by the middle of next year.
The move is part of Dubai’s integrated waste management plan and strategy to reduce the generation of waste going to its landfills.
He also said that the municipality will implement the waste collection fee zone wise.
“We have not finished the zoning yet. But we will try to work it out with companies to choose three companies for each zone and offer the best price. We will make sure that they [building managements] won’t be ripped off by any of these companies [collecting waste].”
Currently, different waste management companies are charging different rates for their services. However, the official said the municipality will issue guidelines on the charges.
Asked if building managements will pass on the new fee to the tenants who are already paying five per cent of their rent as housing fee that is meant for civic services, Al Saifaie said:
“That is between the building management and the tenants. What people need to understand is that your waste generates pollution. So, we need to collect and treat the waste. The municipality continues to provide waste treatment services for free for all.”