Dubai is gearing up to implement new waste disposal fees on companies transporting and dumping rubbish in landfills and treatment plants. The waste transport companies say the fee will then be passed on to their clients generating waste as “pay-as-you-throw fee.”
The recently organised Dubai Municipality customer forum with the waste collection and transport companies announced details of the implementation system of the waste disposal fees — which will come into effect from May 17. Officials from the Waste Management Department informed the companies that they will have to register a bank account with the municipality for deducting the waste disposal fee every time their trucks dump the rubbish at municipal facilities. Although officials did not provide the amount to be deposited by these companies, company representatives told Gulf News that this will range between Dh 3,000 to Dh 500,000 per month — depending on the operations of the companies.
Representatives of several companies said that they would be passing on the new fees to their clients. Their clients include managements of commercial establishments such as food and beverage outlets, factories, public and private institutions, building contractors as well as residential communities and freehold properties.
They said their contracts with their clients will have to be amended to add the new fees. “Eventually, it will go to the end user generating waste. Our clients will take it from their tenants or guests as their service fees for waste collection,” said a senior executive of a prominent company.
Company representatives said this will eventually become a “pay as you throw” waste fee since the new fees are based on the weight of the rubbish going to the landfills and treatment plants.
Municipality officials who addressed the queries and concerns of the transport company representatives said the civic body would not interfere in their contracts with their clients.
However, they said the main purpose of implementing the fees is to encourage waste reduction and segregation at source and recycling.