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The waste fee will drive change in mindset

A new waste disposal fee from the Dubai Municipality will come into effect this May that targets industries and factories

Nikhil Pereira is the deputy editor of facilities management Middle East.
Nikhil Pereira is the deputy editor of facilities management Middle East.

A lot is happening in the waste management space in the UAE, starting with the new decree issued by Dubai Municipality implementing  a new waste disposal fee for the industrial and medical sector.

The new fee, that’s set to come into effect from May 17, 2018, aims to encourage all categories and segments of the society to follow best international practices in sustainable waste disposal.

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, the authority says.

A detailed chart of pricing per category of waste has been released by the municipality. For instance, under the new decree ‘municipality waste’ that’s diverted to landfill tops the charts in terms of fees per ton — $22 (AED80) for 2018, which  will increase by $3 year-on-year until 2020.

The idea is to encourage companies to divert from landfill, as is reflected by the fees for organic waste disposal which is $8 (AED30) per ton.

The residential sector is exempted from the new fee, at least for now. In November 2017, it was widely reported that a new ‘tipping fee’ would come into effect that would also include the residential sector.

A parallel can be drawn with these developments and the private sector companies expanding their service offerings to operate in the waste management sector as Al Shirawi Group is the latest to enter this space.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Municipality signed contracts worth $44.9m for waste management related projects in January. Not to mention the great efforts Sharjah’s Bee’ah has been putting in to make the waste management sector more productive.

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