Dubai to charge for commercial, industrial waste

Other Emirates which enforce waste charges have been dumping in Dubai

Dubai waste doubled between 2008 and 2011.
Dubai waste doubled between 2008 and 2011.

Dubai Municipality is to introduce charges for commercial and industrial waste during the first half of 2015, a senior official told Gulf News.

Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of Dubai Municipality’s waste management department, said the authority plans to charge for the waste on per tonne basis.

Speaking at the Waste Management Middle East Forum in Dubai, Saifaie did not say what the actual charge would be.

He said waste from other Emirates where a tariff is being charged was coming into Dubai. This led to the landfills in Dubai almost doubling its waste from 6,000 tonnes in 2008 to 11,500 tonnes in 2011.

Tighter controls have reduced the rate back down to 7,000 tonnes per year.

The current charge in Dubai is a AED10 ($2.72) gate fee for each truck, whereas in Abu Dhabi, there’s a AED225 ($61.26) per tonne charge for waste from commercial and industrial companies.

Saifaie revealed that 39% of all waste “came from the commercial sector, like hotels and malls”.

Dubai produces a daily garbage output of 2.3kg per person – double the rate of Chennai, which has four times the population.

Saifaie said the UAE is considering the introduction of a unified tariff regime, which he said would stop the waste from moving between Emirates.

“We’re not going to profit from the tariff, it’s the cost of handling the waste. We’re a public service, but there are overhead costs. This income will encourage us to invest in recycling or other waste management facilities,” he said.

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