Property and company owners you may be fined up to QR20,000, according to a new draft law on public hygiene approved by the Advisory (Shura) Council on Monday.
Earlier the penalty for such littering was a jail term of six months and up to QR50,000 fine.
The draft law prohibits dumping waste in public places such as squares, roads, streets, lanes, alleys, pavements, courtyards, gardens, parks and beaches as well as land spaces, rooftops, walls, balconies, skylights, corridors and yards, facades of houses and buildings and their car parks and other places, whether public or private.
As per the provisions of the draft law, property and company owners found dumping waste in areas not allocated by the municipality concerned will face a penalty of QR20,000. Also leaving animals or birds in places not licensed for breeding will invite a fine of up to QR20,000.
Individuals found leaving garbage in non-designated areas in violation of the public hygiene law will now face a fine up to QR10,000. Previously, the punishment was six months jail term and a fine of up to QR10,000.
The Advisory Council, in its regular weekly session, approved the draft law on public hygiene and submitted its recommendations to the Cabinet. The decision was taken after the Services and Public Utilities Committee submitted its recommendations regarding Article 15 of the draft law.
The law also prohibits leaving or dumping waste in areas not allocated by the municipality concerned. It also covers leaving animals or birds in places not licensed to breed them.