Dubai Municipality has issued a ban on the sale and circulation of one-time phone chargers in Dubai.
The decision was made by Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality after it was confirmed the non-feasibility of using these chargers and their dangerous effects on the environment.
The ban is based on the Municipality's call to implement the highest standards of health and safety based on the Local Order No. 10 of 2003 on the technical requirements to be provided in electrical appliances in Dubai and also the Local Order No. 11 of 2003 on Public Health and Community Safety in Dubai.
Eng. Redha Salman, director of Health and Safety Department, said: "They are also increasing the quantity of electronic waste in the general waste, which constitutes an environmental burden. Besides the environmental damage, these chargers also cause financial loss to the public due to their short life.
"The Municipality calls upon all establishments operating in the Emirate not to import or sell any disposable and non-rechargeable one-time use mobile phone chargers and return them to the country of origin or re-export within one month from the date of issuance of the circular as they carry environmental risks, and we have to work for environmental protection and public health and safety."
Salman added those who do not contribute to achieving this goal will be considered as a clear violation of the provisions of Local Order No. 11 of 2003 on public health and safety of the society.
"Therefore, all necessary legal procedures will be taken against the violating establishments in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations," he concluded.