KSA: What is the Fine for Burning Waste in Non-Designated Areas?

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 02 August 2023
KSA: What is the Fine for Burning Waste in Non-Designated Areas?

The Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture has issued a warning that burning trash in areas other than those approved for the purpose is illegal and will result in a maximum fine of SR 2000. 

The statement read,  “The fine will be SR500 for committing the violation for the first time, while the fines will be SR1000 the second time, and SR2000 for the third time.” 

The Environmental Law's executive regulations for expanding vegetation cover and preventing desertification are in line with this.

The ministry issued a warning over the likelihood of forest and vegetation fires starting in the summer due to the high temperatures.

The ministry identified a number of causes for the fire, including burning agricultural waste, starting fires for cooking, using firearms and setting fires intentionally to expand lands, using firecrackers, and throwing glass, which is affected by sunlight and causes fire to spread to vast areas that are challenging to contain and put out.

According to the ministry, the National Environment Strategy comprised a thorough analysis of every aspect of the environmental spectrum, including air quality and waste management as well as forests, pastures, animals, and the marine environment.

It is noteworthy that over the past few years, there have been a number of forest fires that have impacted the continents of North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

These fires have killed hundreds of people, destroyed enormous areas of green land and their biological diversity, and are considered some of the worst environmental disasters in the history of the planet.

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