A decree on waste disposal fees and fines has been issued for Dubai that targets the commercial and industrial sector.
The new decree, which will come into effect from 17 May, was issued by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.
Eng. Abdul Majeed Sifaie, Director of Waste Management Department of Dubai Municipality, said that the decree aims to encourage all categories and segments of the society to follow best international practices in sustainable waste disposal.
“Dubai is the largest business and economic center in the Middle East that attracts visitors and tourists, especially after being nominated to host Expo 2020.
"The emirate is also an ideal destination for the world's leisure and medical tourism sector. Hence, waste generation from all sectors of the society will increase steadily and will increase significantly unless legislation is adopted to contribute to the promotion of integrated waste management in Dubai,” said Sifaie.
The residential sector will be exempt from the new law, and only includes commercial establishments, factories, and private and public institutions in the emirate.
“It is worth mentioning that many industrial and commercial companies have already begun to implement waste reduction plans. The number of these companies and institutions are expected to increase after the adoption and implementation of the new decree,” said Sifaie.
The decree determines fees for the disposal of general waste, unwanted materials such as papers, tapes, CD-ROMs, fee for hazardous and medical waste treatment, according to the quantity of waste carried by the transporter.
It also determines license fee for activities related to waste as well as the violations and fines.