South Africa:The National Waste Management Strategy in the face of high rates of industrial development in the country.
Through the country’s commitment to sustainable development, South Africa aims to balance the broader economic and social challenges of a developing an unequal society while protecting its environmental resources. There is a need to eliminate the unnecessary use of raw materials and the need to support sustainable product design, resource efficiency and waste prevention. This means re-using products where possible and recovering value from products when they reach the end of their life span through recycling, composting or energy recovery.
The objectives of the Waste Act (2008) are structured around the steps in the waste management hierarchy, which is the overall approach that informs waste management in South Africa. In 2001, the government approved a National Waste Management Strategy in the face of high rates of industrial development in the country and in a bid to increase existing waste management efforts.
The National Cleaner Production Centre is involved in waste assessments to understand a company’s/plant’s waste generation profile and identify opportunities to reduce waste to lower materials usage and achieve more efficient waste management practices. This contributes to implementing the National Waste Management Strategy and RECP activities in South Africa