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Using waste management to widen the job circle

first_imgPart of the new rules also ensure product design changes that embrace circularity for the manufacturing of plastic carrier bags. Generation Taking responsibility for the products you create TAGSalternative powerenvironmental footprintgreen economyPlasticsSouth AfricaWaste management Previous articleTurbine supplier selected for 87MW Taza wind farm in MoroccoNext article$35m to enable Lumos expand its solar footprint in Nigeria Theresa SmithTheresa Smith is a conference producer for Clarion Events Africa. “South Africa has realised that green industries can open up new possibilities for development and assist in creating much needed jobs. The waste management sector has strong potential to innovate and improve socio-economic conditions, and contribute to sustainable development and resource use,” Creecy said. Last week, the South African cabinet approved the National Waste Management Strategy 2020, which is meant to promote waste hierarchy and circular economy principles while achieving both socio-economic benefits and reducing negative environmental impacts. This gives effect to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management Waste Act of 2008 and also charts a new approach to the management of waste in the country. Creecy added: “I have approved 48 applications for the beneficial use of several waste material, thus unblocking obstacles and promoting the full implementation of the waste management hierarchy.” “Key to this are the three Pillars of the National Waste Management Strategy, which are promoting waste minimisation; efficient and effective waste services and awareness raising; and compliance monitoring and enforcement,” Creecy explained. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries this year embarked on an extensive consultation process to kickstart the Extended Producers Responsibility for paper and packaging; electrical and electronic equipment; and lighting. “We are also taking time to rethink and reimagine how these programmes can further enhance the demand for waste materials in order to close the loop,” said Creecy. Closing the loop on plastic Creecy: “This will make a significant contribution to the diversion of waste from landfilling, thereby increasing the recycling rate to achieve the objectives of the National Waste Management Strategy. This programme will ensure that waste pickers are fully integrated in the recycling value chain.” Finance and Policy Creecy said the Department had received extensive comments on the amendments of the plastic carrier regulations. “Despite the setbacks faced in the Section 28 process for waste tyres, in November 2019, I commissioned the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – in term of section 29 of the Waste Act – to develop an industry waste management plan for the waste tyre sector. This process has not been without its difficulties but following recent interactions, we hope to issue a version which is fully compliant with the regulatory environment later this year.” She said the Department will continue the implementation of programmes such as the Recycling Enterprise Support Programme and Chemicals and Waste Economy Phakisa initiatives that contribute to job creation while diverting waste away from landfills. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Other initiatives the Department hope will promote the circular economy include the exclusion regulations which recognise material that can be used for beneficiation purposes without needing a waste licence. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Addressing a webinar about circular economy in celebration of South Africa’s Recycling Week, the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy, also pointed out the green economy is one of the four sectors prioritised by the national government to assist with the country’s economic recovery. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Read more:South Africa’s waste management strategy promotes circular economyAccelerating the circular economy through waste to valueRepurposing waste as an alternative energy source AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector South Africa has aligned its waste management policy and regulations to the concept of circular economy. Image: Pixabay South Africa’s national waste management policy has been aligned with the concept of circular economy. BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more