The production and import of new tyres in South Africa will be subject to a R2,30 a kilogram levy to be used for collection and recycling, the group which will manage a waste tyre management plan said on Tuesday.
Uplifting the community
The Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan will be implemented and managed by the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA).
“The income generated from a rand-per-kilo levy charged to tyre manufacturers and importers will be used to help stimulate the start-up of businesses around the collection, transportation, storage and recycling of the waste,” Redisa said.
“It will also be used for research and development, training, monitoring and overall community upliftment.”
The plan is aimed at supporting the creation of a sustainable recycling industry to deal with a major and problematic waste product, whilst creating jobs and fostering small and medium sized businesses in communities throughout the country.
More than 10 million scrap tyres a year
The South African tyre industry produces more than 10 million scrap tyres a year. According to Redisa, it is estimated that between 60 and 100 million scrap tyres are stockpiled in South Africa.
Waste tyres pose an environmental problem, both as pollutants and as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and vermin.
“There is as yet no effective technology for disposing of tyres in an environmentally friendly yet economically viable way. The need for research and development, collection and recycling is therefore imperative,” Redisa said.
“The opportunity for generating jobs and new industry businesses aligned to the recycling of waste tyres is of paramount importance.” By giving the tyres a value for recycling, entrepreneurs would be able to build a business out of collecting tyres from their community and delivering them to a collection point.