When it comes to starting a recycling or waste management company in Dubai, it is most likely to be either a service, collecting recyclable waste from businesses or consumers; or using recyclable and recycled material to make new products. This article will focus on the service side of the industry.
New companies can innovate and tailor-make waste solutions for producers of waste. Is there a better way than you can handle existing waste streams of businesses? Can your service accept materials that local waste management companies do not accept? Are perfectly retrievable items going to landfills because it is too difficult for people to do anything else with them?
It may come to as a surprise to many that Sharjah is the recycling champion in the UAE. On a visit to the UAE, the entrepreneur noticed there was a gap in the market and launched a company called Bee’ah. From a humble start, the company has grown vastly to provide a variety of recycling and waste management services.
Dubai waste management and recycling sector hold a lot of opportunities for entrepreneurs seeking to leverage skills that they have developed in their home countries. One of the themes of Expo 2020 is sustainability; as a result, we will see recycling and waste management companies from around the world visit the city to offer the latest tech to local firms.
Understand the Regulations for Recycling Business
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 approving 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
Recycle and Waste Management Incorporation
Depending on the nature of your business, you may be able to get a free zone license. However, the restriction with a free zone license would make it impractical unless it’s a consultancy or research type of establishment in this sector. Most businesses in this sector opt for a local license through the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED). This will require a local partner that a business consultancy can provide for you.
You will be required to obtain No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from the municipality. We would advise you to use the services of a consultant who is familiar with all the requirements to get the necessary approvals. The city is constantly revising the regulations to make sure they are in line with domestic and international environmental standards.
The physical site of your business will require an environmental assessment to make sure its suitable for waste handling and not in the proximity of residential areas. Depending on the nature of the waste that you collect, you may be asked to have skilled technicians and engineers on-site that can cope with any environmental accident or spill.
Launching Business in a Timely Fashion
As the saying goes, time is money. You do not want to get caught up in red tape or face any unnecessary delays when you are launching your recycling and waste management business. The best way to make your business into reality is to start with a free consultation that can help you build a road map for the launch of your business. Speak to us today!