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SA moots new tyre recycling rules

2012-01-09 22:00

Cape Town - A waste tyre management plan to be rolled out later this year will create a “sustainable recycling industry” to deal with a major waste problem, the recycling initiative said on Monday.

Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) said the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan, which had been approved by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, would create jobs and foster small and medium-sized businesses throughout the country.

“The new law is intended not only to support the creation of a sustainable recycling industry to deal with a major and problematic waste product but also to create jobs and foster small and medium sized businesses in communities throughout the country,” the group said.

All involved in the industry have to register by 31 January 2012.

Redisa said the income generated from a rand-per-kilo levy charged to tyre manufacturers and importers would be used to help stimulate start-up businesses around the collection, transportation, storage and recycling of the waste.

It would also be used for research and development, training, monitoring and overall community upliftment. The South African tyre industry produces more than 10 million scrap tyres a year.

According to Redisa it is estimated that between 60 and 100 million scrap tyres are stockpiled in South Africa.

“Waste tyres pose an environmental problem, both as pollutants and as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and vermin. However, there is as yet no effective technology for disposing of tyres in an environmentally friendly yet economically viable way," it said.

“The need for research and development, collection and recycling is therefore imperative. The opportunity for generating jobs and new industry businesses aligned to the recycling of waste tyres is of paramount importance.”

The group said the R2.30 per kilogram levy charged to the manufacturer would effectively subsidise the collection and recycling processes.

By giving the tyres a value for recycling, entrepreneurs would be able to build a business out of collecting tyres from their community and delivering them to a collection point.

Comments
  • Dave Benoni - 2012-01-09 22:41

    A few years ago in Alberton, if my memory serves, scrap tyres were subjected to a dose of surplus liquid nitrogen from an adjacent air separation plant then crushed in a press. The rubber from the tyre was removed and re-cycled, and the steel carcass from the tyre sent to the scrapyard.

  • ian b - 2012-01-10 08:50

    The levy on plastic bags was supposed to clean up the environment and create jobs, this has failed and the ANC have proven once again they can’t manage their way out of a plastic bag. This new levy with its glorified research component (bit like the ANC and their foray into AIDS concoctions which included industrial detergent) will end up in a failure and just another stealth tax and opportunity of self enrichment by the ruling elite.

  • ian b - 2012-01-10 08:56

    The levy on plastic bags was supposed to clean up the environment and create jobs, this has failed and the ANC have proven once again they can’t manage their way out of a plastic bag. This new levy with its glorified research component (bit like the ANC and their foray into AIDS concoctions which included industrial detergent) will end up in a failure and just another stealth tax and opportunity of self enrichment by the ruling elite.

  • 100002606419425 - 2012-01-10 11:55

    This technology exists in first world counties for decades and we are only thinking about it now!? It takes one seriously large and powerful machine to be installed that rips these ty Res to the tiniest pieces that could be used for all types of surfaces. Of course this also implies a whole plant to with labour toaccomplish this, and providing jobs this way and saving the environment is the way to go just a pity it took so long to realise such a simple solution! Watch the Discovery channel, perhaps you could catch some more tips that you obviously haven't even "thought of" yet! The technology is out there, find it and make use of it. And btw, ty Res to be recycled should be those of the taxis who re-groove their tires and place innocent lives at risk! These tires have already served their purpose, but are stretched even further and like I said place their passenger's lives at risk!

  • Esther - 2012-01-18 09:26

    thumbs up to the minister Molewa, this is one of the tangable move towards sustainable environment and the actions to fight climate change

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