ERJ staff report (LMH)
Cape Town - A waste tyre recycling project due to be introduced this year in South Africa will create â€œa sustainable plan for the management of future tyres,â€ according to the scheme.
Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) said on its website that the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan, has been approved by the South African minister for water and environmental affairs.
South African news websites reported Redisa as saying that the new law will also create jobs and support small- and medium-sized business throughout the country.
All involved in the industry have to register with Redisa by 31 January 2012.
The South African tyre industry produces more than 10 million scrap tyres a year, Redisa said on its website, and there is an estimated 60 million scrap tyres lying in stockpiles in the country. This causes an environmental problem, as the tyres are pollutants and create breeding grounds for mosquitos.
The Redisa plan aims to remove these waste tyres from the South African environment. The plan is based on subsidising the collection and recycling process by attaching a value to scrap tyres. This is intended to encourage individuals and small entrepreneurs to seek out and remove tyres from their communities.
Redisa also aims to avoid the scrap in the first place, which will be supported by education programmes on how to maximise tyre life. The organisation will promote the retreading industry in South Africa, which it says has a â€œbad name.â€
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Website of Redisa.