Comment on tyre industry waste management plans
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.
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