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2012-01-18 11:13

END IN SIGHT: Tyres dumped on landfills will be scrapped in due course, the department of environmental affairs said as it introduced a tyre recyling levy.

A recycling levy on tyres will be introduced on February 1, 2012, the department of environmental affairs announced on Tuesday.

Chief director for waste management Nolwazi Cobbinah told reporters the production and importation of new tyres in South Africa would be subjected to the R2.30/kg levy, to be used for the collection and recycling of tyres by the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative SA (Redisa).

The levy, which was announced earlier this year, was part of the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan and would be put into effect and managed by Redisa.

The income generated from the levy charged to tyre manufacturers and importers would be used for the collection of tyres, distribution to recyclers and research and development.

Water and Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said she did not see the resultant recycling of tyres leading to a spate of tyre thefts from parked cars.


She said the levy would "be ringfenced" for Redisa and would not end up in the general fiscus. All those involved in the tyre industry - manufactures and importers - have to register with Redisa by January 31, 2012.

The South African tyre industry produces more than 10 million scrap tyres a year and, 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.

Apart from tyres being burnt for their steel, used tyres can be burnt for energy production, used in the asphalting of roads and in the production of shoes.

Cobbinah said she expected a total ban on tyres being dumped at landfill sites within the next five years.


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