Com­ment on tyre in­dus­try waste man­age­ment plans

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MIN­IS­TER of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs, Dr Edna Molewa, act­ing un­der sec­tion 32(5A), read with sec­tions 72 and 73 of the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008) has given no­tice to con­sider four In­dus­try Waste Tyre Man­age­ment Plans in Gov­ern­ment Gazette No. 41612 of May 7, 2018.

Waste tyres have been iden­ti­fied as a pri­or­ity waste stream based on the threat that their in­dis­crim­i­nate dis­posal poses to the en­vi­ron­ment. The broad pol­icy di­rec­tion is to re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­ter­nal­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with waste tyres by di­vert­ing waste tyres away from land­fill and max­imis­ing the value ex­tracted from waste tyres as a re­source by en­cour­ag­ing re-use, re­cy­cling and waste to en­ergy.

The plans re­ceived are Tyre Waste Abate­ment & Min­imi­sa­tion Ini­tia­tive of South Africa (TWAMISA), Ever­green En­ergy (Pty) Ltd, JPC En­ergy Sys­tems and South African Tyre Re­use Com­pany (Sa­truco).

The In­dus­try Waste Tyre Man­age­ment Plans were re­ceived for con­sid­er­a­tion in re­sponse to Gov­ern­ment No­tice No. 1148, pub­lished in Gov­ern­ment Gazette No. 41213 of 30 Oc­to­ber 2017 un­der sec­tion 28(1) of Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment: Waste Act, 2008, which called upon the tyre in­dus­try to pre­pare and sub­mit an in­dus­try waste tyre man­age­ment plan for ap­proval.

Among other fac­tors, com­ments must fo­cus specif­i­cally on the ad­van­tages or dis­ad­van­tages of each of the in­dus­try waste tyre man­age­ment plans ad­vanc­ing sound waste tyre man­age­ment through­out as­pects of the value chain (De­sign to post-con­sumer phase; all sources and types of waste tyres con­sid­ered in the in­dus­try waste tyre man­age­ment plan).

The public is also in­vited to com­ment on the demon­stra­tion and re­sponse by the var­i­ous plans on up­stream and down­stream value chain, in­clud­ing the mar­ket de­mand and sup­ply anal­y­sis.

Cir­cu­lar econ­omy is at the heart of re­source ef­fi­ciency and rel­e­vant com­ments in this re­gard are en­cour­aged. Views on the im­pact of the plans on train­ing and development to­wards the cre­ation of sus­tain­able jobs are wel­come.

Opin­ions on the var­i­ous plans re­spon­sive­ness to so­cial up­lift­ment of the vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­i­pa­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­is­ing of the in­for­mal sec­tor would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Re­marks on the fi­nan­cial pro­posal/ cost struc­ture for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the in­dus­try waste tyre man­age­ment plan are also wel­come.

Sub­mi­tions must reach to the min­is­ter within 30 days from the date of pub­li­ca­tion of this no­tice in the Gov­ern­ment

Gazette, which makes June 22 a dead­line if week­ends are not counted.

E-mail com­ments to MJMusekene@en­vi­ron­ment.gov.za.

Any in­quiries can be di­rected to Mamo­gala Musekene at 012 399 9407.

PHOTO: FILE

Af­ter pulling funds from Redisa, gov­ern­ment is now call­ing for com­ment on new plans to deal with old tyres.

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