SA hit by tyre levy

2012-01-18 11:13

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.


  • kappaj - 2012-01-18 11:25

    Sounds too much like another way of collecting money for cadre's pockets with no read benefit to anybody else. Where will the collected tires be taken to and what will happen to them then?

      ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-01-18 13:53

      Well we know that the collected tyres will be handed to the second hand tyre guy and he will not pay the tyre levy! Again because he is the 'previously disadvantaged'!

      Boer - 2012-01-19 02:10

      If I lived in South-Africa I would have started building low cost houses with those tires. Its very easy I've build a complete 35 000 square feet Ranch feed storage Barn on the farm in Arizona with old tyres and cement. Guarenteed for life. n Boer maak n plan.

  • Steenbra - 2012-01-18 14:25

    Agree with Kappaj.. much like plastic bags that gets sold @ supermarkets.. what happens to that money!

      Deon - 2012-01-19 09:57

      The company that was supposed to recycle the plastic bags and collected all the money, went bust. It was managed to bankruptcy, because the management paid themselfs enormous amounts of money and the works stopped to operate. Nobody is collecting and recycling the plstic bags, but we as consumers must still pay the levy. Looks like the same will happen here.

  • Paulus - 2012-01-18 14:36

    This just means that our old tyres have become a commodity. If the collector of these things want them he will have to pay for them, same way there used to be a deposit on glass bottles. No more giving them to the tyre place for free.

  • Syd - 2012-01-18 14:41

    A crock of sh*t. Just more tax going into some fat cat's pocket. I am glad I just bought tyres which will last me 4 years.

  • Kwashic - 2012-01-18 17:26

    Good! People have a throw-away mentality and dont want old tyres polluting their neighbourhoods and bringing mosquitoes and vermin to them.... but they expect somebody to be hired to go pick them up and throw them somewhere! How will such people be paid? Tax payers money? Where is somewhere else? At least its not going into the general Government coffers and will therefore not fund blue-light convoys and luxuries. Time we all stopped complaining about 0.00001% of our 100 000 rand per month salaries being used to better 'our' own environs.

      Trevor - 2012-01-18 19:44

      Add up all the taxe's we ALREADY pay then sit back and tell me it's 0.00001%....The ANC government had PROVEN since taking power that they have NO understanding on how to run a country, stealing yes for sure, they are the leaders....so what do you say about the "carbon tax" smartass???....when the ANC lands in financial trouble cause they steal so much there is nothing left, POOF...we have another tax....ANC just takes 1st world country policies/taxes, implements them with NO intent to use the money for what is was taxed.

      Deon - 2012-01-19 10:03

      As I said above, the plastic bags was supposed to be collected and recycled with the levies paid, but that operation stopped due to mismanagement and theft. Did they stopped collecting the plastic bag levies? No, so where is that money going? This will lead to another stealing operation and than it will die a still death like all the other initiatives of our government. They have nice ideas, but nobody to make a success of it.

  • Graeme - 2012-01-19 07:10

    more tax

      Jaba - 2012-01-20 08:49

      anc revenue services. There is a reason why every political party/ Union / rights group in SA has voiced their opposition to the toll roads - except for the anc. during election they promise to help our poor - but they have made the lives of the poor allot more expensive and unbearable. Too bad the poor are uneducated and will continue to vote the same way.

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