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The Department of Environmental Affairs is calling on the public to submit their written inputs or comment on the four Industry Waste Tyre Management Plans recently submitted to government for consideration.

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa published a notice to consider four Industry Waste Tyre Management Plans in the Government Gazette on 07 May 2018. The plans were submitted by Tyre Waste Abatement & Minimisation Initiative of South Africa (TWAMISA), Evergreen Energy (Pty) Ltd, JPC Energy Systems and South African Tyre Reuse Company (SATRUCO).

According to Molewa the plans fall within the department’s broad policy direction to reduce the negative environmental impact associated with waste tyres by diverting them away from landfill and maximising the value extracted from waste tyres as a resource by encouraging re-use, recycling and waste to energy.

Guidelines for comment

The Department notes that comments must focus specifically on the advantages or disadvantages of each of the industry waste tyre management plans advancing sound waste tyre management throughout aspects of the value chain.

The public is also invited to comment on the demonstration and response by the various plans on upstream and downstream value chain, including the market demand and supply analysis as well as the impact of the plans on training and development towards the creation of sustainable jobs.

“Opinions on the various plans responsiveness to social upliftment of the vulnerable communities, participation and professionalising of the informal sector would be appreciated. Remarks on the financial proposal/cost structure for implementation of the industry waste tyre management plan are also welcome,” the department adds.

The Public Hearings will be held from 18 May to 04 June 2018. Any inquiries can be directed to Ms Mamogala Musekene at 012 399 9407.

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