NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: WASTE ACT 59 OF 2008: NATIONAL NORMS AND STANDARDS FOR THE TREATMENT OF ORGANIC WASTE
Notice Title: National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008 (“NEMWA”): National Norms and Standards for the treatment of organic waste
Government Notice: GN 1984 in GG 46196 on 1 April 2022
Commencing date: 1 April 2022
The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (“the Minister”), in terms of sections 7(1)(c) and 7(2)(a) of the NEMWA, published the National Norms and Standards for the Treatment of Organic Waste for implementation.
In terms of the National State of Waste Report, 2018, more than 50 percent of organic waste is disposed of at landfill sites throughout the country. The Norms and Standards are aimed at reducing the amount of organic waste that would normally go to landfill sites and, as such, waste will be diverted from landfill to facilities that will be treating it for beneficial use.
The National Norms and Standards for the treatment of organic waste are also aimed at controlling the processing of organic waste material at specific facilities in order to avoid, prevent or minimise potential negative impacts on the biophysical environment.
For a copy of the Government Gazette Notice click here.
How to ensure compliance at my operations?
Employers undertaking activities that involves the treating of organic waste must take note of the National Norms and Standards.
For assistance or queries please contact Jan Nel at firstname.lastname@example.org.