REDISA Tyre Waste Management Plan

Good news for tyre recycling

Waste tyres present a challenge to local authorities when taken to waste disposal sites because they are not biodegradable.

The Minister for Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, has approved the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of SA (REDISA) Waste Tyre Management Plan today for immediate implementation. The plan replaces the REDISA plan that was suspended in terms of an interdict granted on 20 November 2012.

REDISA said in a statement released today that the legal challenge to the implementation of the REDISA plan, launched in August this year, contained a long list of criticisms. The case was heard on 8 November, with judgment delivered on 20 November.

"The judge found in favour of REDISA on all counts except one technical issue regarding the insertion of waste reduction targets into the plan after the public comment period, and determined that the plan should be suspended pending a review application. However, he also suggested that the minister could simply withdraw her approval of the plan, and reapply her mind to approving the plan with the insertion removed. This is what the minister has now done," according to the statement.

REDISA chief executive Hermann Erdmann commented that REDISA was very pleased that the minister had taken such prompt action to resolve the chaos that the suspension of the plan was causing in the tyre industry.

"Getting the plan suspended pending a review application meant that the industry would have been in a state of uncertainty for months, not knowing if the waste tyre management fee was going to have to be paid or not. A review application takes months to complete, and for all that time the industry would have had to provisionally set aside funds to pay the fee if the Review Court found in favour of the minister, and deal with refund claims if it found against her.”

“By re-gazetting the plan, the minister is following the resolution proposed in the judgment and bringing sanity back into the tyre market,” said Erdmann.

According to REDISA, South Africa produces around 11 million scrap tyres every year, which typically end up in landfills, dumped in the veld, or illegally burned for their scrap steel content. This is creating a growing health and environmental problem.

"The REDISA Waste Tyre Management Plan will establish a network of transporters to collect scrap tyres from the entire country, supply them to recyclers, and provide support and help to develop secondary markets for the recyclers' output products. In doing so, the plan is designed to create jobs, particularly in the informal sector, and create majority black-owned small and micro businesses," accrdong to REDISA's statement.

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