Leaving garbage outside the designated container for waste disposal can lead to a fine of QR10, 000, according to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME).
In a series of tweets to mark World Cleanup Day 2021, the ministry reminded public that littering and dumping of waste in any sort of public space such as streets, passageways, parks, gardens, beaches or vacant land could lead to fines and legal action.
Throwing or leaving food waste in parks, beaches, public places or on vacant land can lead to a fine of QR10, 000, while throwing the remnants of trees or gardens in roads or public places can also lead to a fine of QR10, 000.
HE Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, affirmed the keenness of the State of Qatar represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to participate in the celebration of the World Cleanup Day 2021.
“This participation comes from our belief in the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in the importance of public hygiene, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which affected the whole world,” HE Dr Abdullah said.
“Public cleanliness is not limited to efforts and duties of a specific party in the state, but rather it is a daily behavior that every individual should abide by, as it is everyone’s responsibility. Maintaining public cleanliness is a religious duty and a joint responsibility,” HE the minister said.
The Minister indicated that to enhance this service and ensure its efficiency, the Ministry launched a number of projects in support of public hygiene. The Department of Public Hygiene strengthened its continuous efforts by launching a number of awareness campaigns for the benefit of school students, as well as implementing a number of campaigns to clean kindergartens and beaches in partnership with youth centers and civil society and the private sector.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment is also keen to activate and implement various laws and legislation that preserve public cleanliness, and contribute to maintaining the general cleanliness of the country, especially with regard to waste collection and the proper and safe disposal of waste in accordance with the highest international standards.
“What is required- individually and collectively, is that every individual in society assumes his responsibility towards himself, his country and society. Public hygiene is everyone’s responsibility, and it is one of the necessities of life and is not a secondary matter that can be dispensed with,” HE Dr Abdullah said.