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Minister Edna Molewa is considering possible withdrawal of the integrated industry waste tyre management plan of the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA)

01 June 2017

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has on Thursday 1 June 2017, published a notice of her intention to consider a possible withdrawal of the approved Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan of the Recycling And Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA IIWTMP).

In February 2009, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) promulgated Waste Tyre Regulations, which came into effect on 30 June 2009. The regulations give effect to the principles of responsible waste management in respect of waste tyres, whereby producers are provided an opportunity to determine the manner in which they would manage and finance the management of tyres once they become waste.

In terms of Regulation 6 of the Waste Tyre Regulations, 2009, tyre producers are required to register with the Minister of Environmental Affairs and thereafter prepare and submit to the Minister an Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP) for approval. In response to this regulation, an IIWTMP was received from REDISA.The REDISA IIWTMP was approved in terms of Regulation 11(4) of the Waste Tyre Regulations, 2009, for the period 29 November 2012 to 30 November 2017.

The Minister has multiple reasons for this consideration, which in broad terms include REDISA’s failure to achieve its objectives and the lack of proper governance and/or accountability. Detailed reasons for this consideration can be accessed by the public as part of the public participation process. They are available on the link below.

Members of the public are invited to submit written representations or objections with regard to the possible withdrawal of the REDISA IIWTMP, as indicated on the gazetted notice. The Minister assures that she is acting in the best interest of the tyre management industry and the public. As such, the Minister endeavours to manage this process and outcomes thereof with the requisite diligence and care to ensure that the recycling tyre industry will not be compromised.

To access the detailed reasons of the Minister’s intention, click on the link:

http://sawic.environment.gov.za/?menu=345

To access the Gazette, follow the link below:

>> National Environmental Management: Waste Act (59/2008) NEMWA: Consultation on the intention to consider the withdrawal of the approval for the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan of the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa

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