‘Pay as you throw’: Dubai municipality to reduce solid waste generation by charging for waste collection

‘Pay as you throw’: Dubai municipality to reduce solid waste generation by charging for waste collection

Dubai: Dubai municipality has decided to outsource the waste collection service to the private sector and all buildings in Dubai will be charged for the service. The municipality will stop the waste collection and transportation services for both commercial and residential buildings after it announces the proposed tipping fee. Thereafter, the building owners or property management companies will have to make a contract with private companies approved by the municipality for collecting and transporting waste to landfills.

The plan to introduce the new fee even for residential buildings is a deviation from the earlier plan the municipality had.
Abdul Majeed Abdul Aziz Al Saifaie, Director of the Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality said that they will give a maximum of six months for the buildings to make the contract after the tipping fee is announced.
A circular regarding the new system says that the building management companies have to make the waste collection contract with the private service provider before December 1.

The date of announcing the tipping fee which will be levied per tonne of garbage from the companies transporting waste to landfills is not declared yet. The move is a part of the emirate’s integrated waste management plan and strategy to reduce the generation of waste going to its landfills.

Dubai has so far been charging only Dh10 gate fee per trip from trucks dumping waste at its landfills. The municipality will be implementing the waste collection fee zone wise. Al Saifaie said that they will try to work it out with companies to choose three companies for each zone and offer the best price. The authorities will make sure that the building management won’t be ripped off by any of these companies collecting waste.

The new movement aims to reduce the per capita solid waste generation per day to 900 gram as per the UAE’s National Agenda 2021. Dubai has also set its target to reduce 75 % of rubbish going to landfills by 2021.

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