Litter fines in Qatar, explained

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Amid the government’s ongoing “We all see you, you’re not alone” campaign urging residents to behave responsibly and keep the nation clean, Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has recently explained the fines associated with a number of potential offenses.

Here are some of them, as compiled by the Peninsula:

  • Littering tissue or waste or spitting on the streets and public areas: QR200,
  • Leaving food waste in front of homes, on the roads or in public areas: QR100,
  • Hanging clothes, carpets or similar items on the balconies, by the roads or in public areas: QR300,
  • Leaving felled trees in public areas: QR100,
  • Discharging water on the streets: QR300,
  • Leaving animal waste in areas not allocated for it: QR400,
  • Dumping old materials or equipment on the pavements or in public areas: QR100,
  • Throwing waste bags in public areas, on the streets or out of garbage containers: QR500,
  • Leaving food waste in public parks, on beaches, in public areas or any open spaces: QR100,
  • Abandoning cars on the streets, sidewalks or in public areas: QR500,
  • Not covering construction or other materials that may fall on the roads while being transported: QR600, and
  • Washing vehicles in areas not allocated for that purpose: QR100.

According to the newspaper, public hygiene violations must be paid within 24 hours of being issued.

Despite the months-long campaign, littering continues to be a big problem in Qatar, especially on its public beaches. Critics say lax enforcement is one of the reasons for this.

Have you ever been fined for any of the above offenses? Thoughts?

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