ERJ staff report (DS)
Johannesburg, South Africa - A controversial plan to deal with scrap tyres in South Africa has been put on hold, to allow more time for consultation.
The plan sponsored by industry organisation REDISA (Recycling and economic development initiative of South Africa) was officially sanctioned in Novemner 2011, but a statement yesterday by South Africa's environment ministry said, â€œActing Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mr. Collins Chabane, has withdrawn the approval for the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP) of the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) with immediate effect.â€
The statement added, â€œThe withdrawal will afford the department an opportunity to attend to procedural requirements stipulated in the Waste Tyre Regulations. The general public will have an opportunity to engage and provide input into the REDISA plan, in due course. â€œ
REDISA issued a brief statement on its website saying, â€œThe REDISA plan implementation has been delayed. Please check tomorrow for an update.â€ The company had not responded to requests for clarificatino as ERJ posted this story.
REDISA aimed to impose a scrappage fee and use the money to create a revenue stream with the aim of starting a recycling industry.
South Africa generates some 10 million scrap tyres each year and has stockpiles of some 60 million units, according to REDISA.
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