Due to the increase in population and economic activities, the quantities of waste in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have increased in the last decade. Most of the waste ends up in municipal landfills or dumpsites, where organic waste generates a large amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Currently, little of the waste is burnt, and municipal waste recycling has been rapidly rising.
Waste management in the UAE is coordinated through local authorities. Waste issues are handled through recycling and converting waste to energy and resources, new technologies and improved waste separation and collection systems. The UAE aims to reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities by paying particular attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.
Recycling and Waste Management Business in the UAE
When trying to pick out the next booming business sector, it’s fair to say recycling and waste management are unlikely to be top of most people’s list. It is just something we do for many of us – we rarely give much thought to the process behind it. Or indeed, how much money there is to be made from it.
But what if we tell you, that recycling and waste management is a booming business. The global recycling industry is projected to be worth around USD 40bn by 2020. And the UAE looks set to be a major player during this staggering period of growth.
Regulation for Opening a Recycling Business in the UAE
Understanding the regulatory landscape must be the top priority if you decide to go into waste management and recycling. Waste disposal and recycling initiatives are subject to stringent rules and regulatory requirements. Even if the material your organisation deals with is not hazardous. We would urge you to become familiar with the following regulations to understand the rules that will apply to your business:
- Local Order No 61 of 1991 on the Environmental Protection Regulations in the Emirate of Dubai
- Local Order No 7 of 2002 on the Management of Waste Disposal Sites in the Emirate of Dubai
- Executive Council Resolution No 58 of 2017 approves the Fees and Fines for Waste Disposal in the Emirate of Dubai
- Executive Order of Federal Law No 24 of 1999 for Regulation of Handling Hazardous Materials, Hazardous Wastes and Medical Wastes, issued by Cabinet Decree No 37 of 2001
Procedure to Setup Waste Management and Recycling Business
The steps are simple and straightforward. It includes –
- Decide on a trading name for your business
- Since your business activity is recycling and waste management, apply for a license
- Get initial approval from DED
- Pay fees and obtain a license
- Get a NOC from the Municipality
Next, the physical site of your business would require an assessment to make sure it is suitable for waste handling and not in the proximity of residential areas. Depending on the nature of the waste you collect, you may be asked to have skilled technicians and engineers on-site to cope with any environmental accident or spill.
Turn Trash into Treasure with a Recycling Company in the UAE
There’s plenty of truth in the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure – as the booming recycling industry goes to show. The fact is, our modern lifestyles create more waste than ever before and recycling what was once just thrown away has huge financial, as well as environmental, benefits.
To be clear, we’re not just talking about cardboards and plastics here – in fact, electronic waste is where the real opportunity lies. There’s a huge market in the UAE and beyond for recycling appliances such as batteries, IT equipment, household goods, mobile phones and more.
An ever-growing market coupled with a government fully focused on green initiatives makes now the perfect time to turn trash into treasure and start your own recycling company in the UAE. Make sure you don’t miss out.
How can we help?
We at Commitbiz have years of experience in the field of business incorporation in the UAE. Our team of specialists can help you set up your recycling business in the UAE. We are with you in every step of the process and professionally handle everything. Get in touch with us today – even if it’s for a piece of friendly advice.