Construction industry among those effected by new waste management charges
Abu Dhabi has imposed a waste management fee to be levied from establishments that generate any kind of waste in the emirate, including construction companies.
The decision announced by the Abu Dhabi Centre of Waste Management is aimed at reducing waste generation and regularising waste disposal, according to a report in Arabic language daily Al Bayan.
The fee charged will be based on the amount of waste generated by each establishment annually.
Besides reducing waste generation, the fee system is expected to encourage waste recycling and re-usage of materials otherwise disposed.
Experts at the centre predicted the programme called Nadhafa would reduce waste, including construction waste, which is estimated to reach 13,000 tons per day in 2011.
The centre also confirmed its plans to encourage waste recycling at plants they can set up. A plant to recycle construction debris was recently installed in cooperation with a leading company.
The centre now runs a facility to recycle used engine oil and is currently engaged in a study to set up plants to recycle all scraps.