Tyre waste plan bounces back

2012-04-19 00:00

THE government’s Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP) is back on track.

The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs announced yesterday that the IIWTMP, a brainchild of Redisa (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa), an independent Section 21 company, had been signed and gazetted by Minister Edna Molewa for public comment.

It was signed on Tuesday and will take full responsibility for all waste tyres in South Africa.

The plan will deal with close to 200 000 tons of waste pneumatic tyres produced in South Africa per year.

Only five percent of the waste tyres are presently used for grinding or recycling.

Waste tyres do not compact and are therefore not taken in landfill sites. They are either burnt for the small amount of metal that can be retrieved from them or pile up in illegal storage sites, which span several large tracts all over the country.

The benefits the plan include ensuring resource conservation and that the negative environmental impact of tyres is minimised. The intention is to ensure that the management of waste tyres follows the waste hierarchy for avoidance of waste and for reuse, recycling and recovery of energy and disposal as the last option.

“This will curb the known impacts of waste tyre stockpiles such as human health risks associated with mosquito and vermin breeding as well as air pollution impacts from burning of tyres and fire hazards posed by such waste tyre stockpiles,” said the statement.

The aim of the plan, through its research and development initiative, is to establish and encourage a vibrant recycling sector.

Examples of products that can be derived from recycling tyres include rubber, oil, bricks and tiles.

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