During its ordinary session in February, the municipal council of the city of Casablanca is expected to approve the taxes that will be imposed in order to put an end to the inert waste crisis that has been on the minds of Casablancans for some time now. and which are still spreading in certain districts of the metropolis.
The agenda of the next ordinary session of the Casablanca City Council, to be held next February 4, indicates that the Council will present for discussion and vote, in the sixth point, the modification of tax decision 01/2018 which sets the rates and tariffs of taxes, fees and duties charged to the budget of the Commune of Casablanca.
According to the terms of the tax decision, the applicant for a building, demolition or repair or renovation permit will have to fulfill the obligation to collect and transport inert waste.
The data obtained by MoroccoLatestNews indicate that the owner of the permit will have to pay an amount of 20 dirhams per square meter in the event of an application for a building permit, against 120 dirhams per ton if he obtains a demolition permit, while 30 dirhams per square meter will be required in the event of application for a renovation permit. As for the applicant for a license to carry out minor renovations, he will have to pay 500 dirhams.
According to the same data, the financing of the collection of inert waste that has accumulated in recent years in the neighborhoods of Casablanca will be based on a budget allocated by the community, in addition to a subsidy granted by the Directorate of Territorial Communities.
Thus, the Municipality of Casablanca will pay 20 million dirhams per year over the next five years, while said management will grant a subsidy of 30 million dirhams per year over the period mentioned, to collect inert waste.
In accordance with the modification of the tax decision, inert waste will be used in landfill operations, as well as for the disposal of other waste, except for those known as hazardous.
In this sense, the Municipality of Casablanca plans to launch a communication and awareness campaign for the benefit of entrepreneurs and families, with the aim of avoiding the illegal dumping of inert waste in the streets and green spaces, while recalling the sanctions provided for by law 28-00.
Local authorities, administrative police and security services will also be mobilized to monitor organizations and individuals who dispose of waste illegally, so that they can answer for their act and receive the appropriate sanctions.
For some time now, the people of Casablanca have not ceased to express their dissatisfaction and their concern about this increasingly widespread phenomenon of inert waste. Even the elected officials showed some interest given this situation of pollution caused by this waste which spoils all the beauty of the metropolis.
According to a study conducted by the Municipality of Casablanca, the latter produced in 2015 more than 3.6 million tons of waste related to construction and demolition.
The same study revealed that the annual production of inert waste in Casablanca amounted to approximately 370,300 tons for new buildings, of which 34,200 tons resulted from the demolition process, while the quantities resulting from public works amounted to approximately 3,217. 500 tons.