Bridgestone, SATRP lose out to REDISA

Application for leave to appeal dismissed

Tyre makers lose court appeal against levy

The South African Tyre Recycling Process company (SATRP) and Bridgestone Tyres have had their application for leave to appeal in the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of SA (REDISA) matter dismissed with costs. 

In September SATRP and Bridgestone lost an urgent application brought against REDISA, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, to exempt tyre manufacturers from complying with the REDISA plan.

The plan will be funded through a per kilogram levy on tyres manufactured in or imported into South Africa.

The rand per kilogram cost is determined on the basis of all operational and capital costs required to make the plan work and is currently set at R2.30/kg.

The exemption would have meant that tyre manufacturers would not have had to pay the levy, although all other tyre producers would.  

They applied for leave to appeal the judgment, and this application was summarily dismissed with costs this week.

The CEO of REDISA, Hermann Erdmann is very pleased with the outcome: “Since the original ruling on 17 September, the tyre industry has in the main willingly complied with the law and the Redisa plan is being rolled out across the country. 

"We welcome the Judge’s decision and see it as yet another positive step towards the practical solution of redressing South Africa’s chronic waste tyre problem.”

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