Dubai Municipality bans 'one-time use' mobile phone chargers

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality has issued a decree banning the sale and circulation of one-time use phone chargers in the Emirate of Dubai.

The decree was issued based on the municipality's keenness to implement the highest standards of health and safety based on the Local Order No. 10 of 2003 on the technical requirements to be provided in electrical appliances in the Emirate of Dubai, and also Local Order No. 11 of 2003 on Public Health and Community Safety in the Emirate of Dubai.

Redha Salman, Director of the Health and Safety Department, said that the decision of the Director-General of the Municipality came after the municipality confirmed the non-feasibility of using these chargers and their dangerous effects on the environment.

"They are also increasing the quantity of electronic waste included in general waste, which constitutes an environmental burden. As well as the environmental damage, these chargers also cause financial loss to the public due to their short life," added Salman.

"The municipality calls upon all establishments operating in the emirate not to import or sell any disposable and non-rechargeable one-time use mobile phone chargers and return them to the country of origin or re-export within one month from the date of issuance of the circular as they carry environmental risks, and we have to work for environmental protection and public health and safety," he said.

He said that with this circular, the municipality aims to raise the level of public and environmental safety and hopes everyone will remain committed and will contribute to achieving this goal.

Salman pointed out that otherwise it will be considered as a clear violation of the provisions of Local Order No. 11 of 2003 on public health and safety of the society. "All necessary legal procedures will be taken against violating establishments in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations," he added.

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