Waste costs Abu Dhabi $410m to process each year
Nadhafa program set to tax companies on waste disposal
Abu Dhabi municipality hopes a waste disposal program will cut the heavy costs currently faced by the emirate.
At present, Abu Dhabi generates 30,000 tonnes of rubbish annually which costs close to $410m to process through its waste and recycling operations. It also swallows around 200ha of land every year as the emirate buries its waste.
The Nadhafa (cleanliness) program, is the first of its kind to be enforced in Abu Dhabi. It will levy tax from companies on waste disposal aiming to cut the quantity of waste produced in the emirate, ease the financial burden of waste disposal and ensure safe treatment and disposal of waste to avert any damage to the environment.
Hamad Al-Amiri, the centre’s director, said in a report carried by Al Khaleej that the Abu Dhabi executive council (cabinet) had approved a fee of Dh225 per each tonne or around 45% of the actual costs.
“The fees will be calculated according to the waste production by each establishment depending on its size and activity. Around 4,500 establishments with different activities and sizes have been classified,” he said.