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Overview: National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008


Chemicals and Waste Management

Presentation OutlineLegislative background


Waste Management Bureau


Legislative backgroundConstitution, 1996National Environmental Management Act (1998)NEM: Waste Act, 2008 and Amendments, 2014Waste Regulations, StandardsWhite Paper on IP&WM (2000)

CONTEXTThe National Waste Management Strategy outlined the following main challenges facing waste management:

A growing population and economy, which means increased volumes of waste generated - pressure on waste management facilities;

Increased complexity of waste streams because of urbanisation and industrialization;

A historical backlog of waste services for, especially, urban informal areas, tribal areas and rural formal areas;

Limited understanding of the main waste flows and national waste balance;

CONTEXTA policy and regulatory environment that does not actively promote the waste management hierarchy and provide the policy certainty for industry to invest in waste management technologies;

Absence of recycling infrastructure which will enable separation of waste at source and diversion of waste streams to material recovery and buy back facilities.

CONTEXTThe waste baseline report shows that South Africa generated approximately 108 million tonnes of waste in 2011, of which 98 million tonnes was disposed of at landfill. 59 million tonnes was general waste48 million tonnes was unclassified waste and the remaining 1 million tonnes was hazardous waste Approximately 10% of all waste generated in South Africa was recycled in 2011.90% was disposed of at landfillsNeed for accelerated intervention

CONTEXTIn general, waste management challenges are centralised on:

Lack of human capacityFundingTechnical capacity at local government levelLack or limited waste infrastructureEquipmentLack of coordination of initiativesLack of monitoring and evaluation

WASTE MANAGEMENT BUREAUThe National Environmental Management: Waste Amendment Act, Act No. 26 of 2014 was enacted on the 2nd June 2014

Section 34A(1) established an implementation Bureau dealing with waste management to be known as the Waste Management Bureau , within the Department, as a juristic person.

The purpose was to build dedicated capacity within the Department to fast track the recycling economy and drive the implementation of Industry Waste Management Plans

BUREAU OBJECTIVES & FUNCTIONSFunction as a specialist implementing agent within the Department in terms of the NEMWAPromote and facilitate minimisation, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste;Manage the disbursement of incentives and funds derived from waste management charges for the minimisation, reuse, recycling, recovery, transport, storage, treatment and disposal of waste and the implementation of industry waste management plans;Monitor implementation of industry waste management plans and the impact of incentives and disincentives;

BUREAU OBJECTIVESProgressively build capacity within the Bureau to provide specialist support for the development and implementation of municipal waste management plans and capacity building programmes; and

Support and advise on the development of waste management plans, tools, instruments, processes, systems, norms, standards and capacity building programmes.


The Bureau will be a link between Government and the Product Responsibility Organisations (PROs) envisaged in the National Pricing Strategy for Waste Management

It will manage the disbursement of funds from the National Treasury for the implementation of approved Industry Waste Management Plans (Part 7 of the NEMWA)

The PRO will submit an annual Business Plan and request funds for the implementation and achievement of targets set in the approved IndWMP


Section 34L of the NEMWA provides for the appointment of employees must have the following specialist expertise:

resource economics;financial accounting;financial management;process chemistry or engineering; andtechnical expert knowledge in the waste and environmental resource management fields.

SETTING-UP THE BUREAUThe NEM Amendment Act provides for:The determination of a policy within which the Bureau must exercise its powers and functions

The Ministers oversight or supervisory powers in relation to the Waste Management Bureau;

The objects, functions, funding, financial management, reporting and auditing, immovable property of the Waste Management Bureau;

The employees of the Waste Management Bureau; including the appointment and functions of the Chief Executive Officer of the Waste Management Bureau;

INDUSTRY WMPSThe Minister has prioritised the following three waste streams to be managed through Industry Waste Management Plans:

Paper and PackagingLighting andWaste Electronic and Electric Equipment

The Bureau will oversee the development and implementation of these PlansSection 28(5) Notice will be gazetted before end of July for public comment

PROGRESS The Bureau will be accommodated within the Green Building with the appropriate signageAdvert for CEO has been draftedRecruitment process has commenced with the advertisement of two section 40 specialists to be appointedSome critical staff may be seconded to the WMB to assist with the operationsThe Branch: Chemicals and Waste will perform the functions of the Bureau in the interim.

PROGRESS The Department is in the process of developing a Policy for the Bureau The Business case for the Bureau is in draft formatThe Legal mechanisms for the linkages between the Bureau and Product Responsibility Organisation (PRO) is being developed.The approach on the flow of funds has been finalised from collection through to disbursementOngoing engagement with the National Treasury, DPSA and other role players for the operationalisation of the Bureau

Thank you for your attention

Anben PillayTel: 012 399 9827Cell: 083 324 [email protected]