Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP)

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Implementation of the controversial green levy of R2.30/kg on new  tyres is likely to be delayed further by court action instituted against the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) and its Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP).    
Last week the South African Tyre Recycling Process Company (SATRP) and Bridgestone South Africa served an urgent application on Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Minister Edna Molewa and director-general Nosipho Ngcaba  for an interdict and a declaratory order to exclude the SATRP from subscribing to Redisa's IIWTMP, subject to  the Minister’s approval of an alternative plan submitted by the SATRP  submitted in July.
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has indicated it will oppose the court application by SATRP and  Bridgestone .
And so the green levy on tyres saga goes on.
On June 30, 2009, the DEA promulgated the WTR  compelling tyre manufacturers and importers to compile and submit an Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP). Only two plans  provided by the SATRP  and Redisa, two nonprofit companies, passed the initial screening.
The SATRP claims to have the backing of about 80% of the tyre manufacturing and fitment industry.
However, Redisa’s plan was eventually approved by the Minister earlier this year but implementation, scheduled for  February 1 this year,  was delayed after the SATRP claimed that the Minister had flouted sections of the Waste Tyre Regulations (WTR), by failing to publish the plan in the Government Gazette for a 30-day comment period or bring it to the attention of relevant organs of State and interested persons.
Over 200 000 t of tyres become waste tyres in South Africa every year, with about 11-million used tyres being dumped illegally or burnt to retrieve the steel wire in the tyre. Redisa’s aim is to establish a network of up to 150 collection depots across the country, which will employ up to 15 000 people, including about 5 000 people in the informal sector within five years.
The Redisa plan requires a  levy to be paid as soon as a tyre is manufactured or imported. The SARTP believes that a tyre should only be classified as a waste tyre on the day that it was sold, and thereafter the levy should be applied.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) water and environment spokesperson Gareth Morgan also  claimed  earlier this year that Molewa had overestimated the number of jobs that could be created through the new tyre recycling programme and that  the initiative was unsustainable.
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