Qatar to get tough on litter
March 10 2016 01:20 AM


The Cabinet yesterday gave its nod to a draft law on public hygiene that prohibits littering on roads and in other places.
The draft law will replace Law No. 8 of 1974 on public hygiene as part of efforts undertaken to keep legislation updated, the official Qatar News Agency reported.
The draft law prohibits “dumping, abandonment and waste disposal in public places, squares, roads, streets, lanes, alleys, pavements, courtyards, public gardens and parks, beaches, land space, rooftops, walls, balconies, skylights, corridors and yards, facades of houses and buildings and their car parks and other places, whether public or private”, according to the report.
It also prohibits leaving or dumping waste in areas not allocated by the municipality concerned, as well as leaving animals or birds in places not licensed to breed them.
The competent municipality undertakes the implementation of matters related to public hygiene in all its forms, including waste collection, transfer, discharge, disposal and recycling. The municipality may also let a contractor carry out all or some of these operations in accordance with the provisions of the law.
The contractor will be responsible for the garbage collectors.
After the weekly Cabinet meeting presided over by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani at Emiri Diwan yesterday, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud said the Cabinet also approved the establishment of a technical committee to involve the private sector in economic development projects.
It also reviewed the Advisory Council’s recommendations on the measures involved in licence issuance for different facilities by the General Directorate of Civil Defence and decided to refer them to the competent authorities for further study.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet reviewed a memorandum by HE the Minister of Finance on a study’s results regarding Qatar and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and a memorandum by HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs on the outcome of the fourth session of the Dubai Government Summit - on foreseeing future governments - in February and took the appropriate decision.

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