Minister Edna Molewa withdraws REDISA Tyre Plan
03 October 2017
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa has announced the withdrawal of the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP) which was submitted by the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) effective from 01 October 2017.
In June 2017, Minister Molewa called for public comments after she announced her intention to withdraw the IIWTMP. Having duly considered all the comments received, the Minister has decided to withdraw her approval of the REDISA IIWTMP, citing REDISA’s poor governance structures; the serious conflict of interest between parties involved in the implementation of the REDISA IIWTMP; REDISA’s failure to perform in terms of its own estimated targets; numerous deviations from the approved REDISA IIWTMP; the misuse of public funds and REDISA’s refusal to align the IIWTMP to the new regulatory framework.
In the meantime, the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Waste Management Bureau (WMB) will manage the waste tyre stream through, amongst others, the 2017 Waste Tyre Regulations gazetted for implementation in Gazette No. 41157.
The Waste Management Bureau is established in terms of section 34 of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008 toimplementandmonitor the industry waste management plans, programmes and strategies. It is also responsible for promoting and facilitating the minimisation, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste, and best practices in relation thereto.
The newly gazetted regulations repeal the Waste Tyre Regulations, 2009 andaimto remove duplications, advance the implementation of waste tyre strategy to reduce the environmental externalities associated with waste tyres in South Africa.
The Regulations provide for transitional arrangements in the event that a waste tyre management plan expires, be withdrawn or be terminated. In the event that a waste tyre management plan expires, be withdrawn or be terminated and at the time there no other industry waste management plan exists in terms of section 28 or 29 of the Act for the same or substantially the same waste stream, the WMB assumes responsibility to facilitate, supervise and control the management of waste tyres for the interim until a new industry waste tyre management plan is approved.
The DEA calls on all participants that were registered with the waste tyre management plan upon the expiry, withdrawal or termination thereof, shall in the interim register with the Bureau.
To access a full copy of the regulations, follow the links below:
The 2017 Waste Tyre Regulations
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