Waste management in South Africa is governed by the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008). The Waste Act supports the waste management hierarchy in its approach to waste management, by promoting cleaner production, waste minimisation, reuse, recycling and waste treatment with disposal seen as a last resort in the management of waste. South Africa’s National Waste legislation serves a number of purposes: Not only does it regulate waste management to protect the health of South Africans as well as the environment, but it also focuses on stipulating certain measures that companies must take to prevent pollution and ecological degradation.

The White Paper on Integrated Pollution and Waste Management (IP&WM, 2000) proposed a holistic and integrated system and process of management aimed at: pollution prevention and minimisation at source, managing the impact of pollution and waste on the receiving environment, and remediating damaged environments. Waste management is defined over the entire life cycle of waste, namely generation, storage, collection, transport, treatment and final disposal thereof. The overarching goal of the White Paper (subsequently enacted in the 2008 Act) is to ensure that pollution and waste are managed in an integrated way. The intention of the new legislation is to move from a previous situation of fragmented and uncoordinated pollution control and waste management to integrated pollution and waste management and waste minimisation.

Gondwana Environmental solutions can offer you waste management planning, recycling and site remediation solutions. We also offer complete waste management plans where we brainstorm and create an entire strategy that is specifically tailored to your business needs and waste profile. Our waste management audit services are also ideal for companies who want to proactively manage and measure their progress and goals. We can also assist with waste licence applications for waste storage, waste collection services, transport of waste and other listed waste activities.

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