Tyre recycling plan ‘suspended’

2012-11-22 11:29

The implementation of the controversial Redisa tyre recycling plan has been suspended pending the outcome of a review application tabled by the Retail Motor Industry organisation.

On November 20 2012 the court, in the case between the RMI and the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa), found in favour of Redisa in all points except one, the recycling agent said.


The court found the inclusion of waste reduction targets in Redisa’s plan constituted "a material change" that would need to re-Gazetted for comment. It was the Department of Environmental Affairs’ opinion at the time that this was not the case, but the judge suggested, as a remedy, that the plan be re-gazetted with the offending clause removed.

Redisa said the suspension of the plan could not be considered interim relief as “it would almost certainly lead to the failure of the plan". The recycling agency considered this, “and other factors”, grounds for appeal.

Redisa also stated, as a result of the court action, that there was uncertainty among tyre producers, distributors and retailers regarding the waste tyre management levy payable for the periods before and after November 20 2012.

According to Redisa, October 2012 levies are payable on January 29, 2013. These fees will be refunded should the plan the set aside on review, the agency said.

It added that the plan, though suspended, existed and liability continues to accrue. Should the plan not be set aside, the fees for the intervening period will become payable, Redisa said.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-11-22 15:39

    What are the levies per tyre?

  • KCorsar - 2012-11-22 15:43

    If this is handled anything like the plastic bag levy - where is all that money? then this is simply another 'get rich quick' scheme with pretensions of being environmentally friendly. Should only go ahead if similar 'levy programmes' can show what has been done and achieved.

  • Blixum - 2012-11-22 16:53

    Another caddre business financed by the tax payers of SA. Clever one.

  • Nic Smit - 2012-11-22 21:52

    levy is R2.30 per kg . if the tyre weights 10kg you will need to pay an additional R23.00 per tyre for it so called recycling purpose's

  • sikhumbuzok - 2012-11-24 14:20

    Being in the tyre industry this just puts stress on the consumers coz retailers pass on the "green fee". With so many strikes in RSA and the burning of tyres while we at it; i dont see the reason for the green fee as they can be put to good use.

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