All municipalities in the country are all set to implement Law No 18 of 2017 on Public Hygiene from Thursday (February 1), the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has said.

In a statement, the MME said it has prepared a comprehensive media campaign to raise awareness of the new hygiene law, which includes providing information about the new violations through advertisements. Informative material will be put up along streets across the country, and a campaign will also be conducted on the ministry's social networking sites.

Work has been carried out to distribute the revised paperwork, incorporating the new provisions related to violations and reconciliation as stipulated in the law, and the municipalities have directed the officials concerned to withdraw old records and replace them with the new ones.

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani had issued the law, which prohibits littering in public spaces and lays down stringent penalties for offenders, in October last year.

The legislation, which replaces Law No 8 of 1974 on public hygiene, bans littering and dumping of waste in any sort of public space such as streets, passageways, parks, gardens, beaches or empty plots of land, etc.

Safar al-Shafi, director of the General Cleanliness Department at the MME, stressed the importance of co-operation by all concerned to successfully implement the new law, which is considered comprehensive and in line with current developments as well as future possibilities.

He noted that the law is the result of extensive efforts and in-depth studies carried out by specialists at the MME in order to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030 in terms of ensuring the cleanliness of different parts of Qatar, under the guidance of and follow-up by HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi.

Al-Shafi said the new hygiene law will enable inspectors to effectively carry out their work in order to ensure the success of cleaning operations and achieve their goals.