UAE announces up to $27,000 fine for littering

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The UAE’s al-Ain Municipality and the Abu Dhabi Centre of Waste management have announced that fines for littering and depositing waste will be between 1,000 Dhs ($270) and 100,000 Dhs ($27,000) as part of their nine-month campaign to raise awareness among residents.

According to Gulf News, an al-Ain Municipality official said that a similar awareness campaign in 2017 resulted in a 70 percent success rate.

The purpose of the campaign is to preserve the appearance of the city while educating residents on the repercussions of dumping waste.

A fine of 1,000 Dhs will be imposed if one is found spitting or littering in public, 2,000 Dhs for recklessly driving over greenery and damaging the environment, and 100,000 Dhs for improper disposal of water waste, industrial and hazardous waste, the newspaper reported.

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