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Title: National Waste Act – implications for consumers and households
Authors: Oelofse, SHH
Keywords: National Environmental Waste Act
Landfill airspace
Municipal waste
Recycling
Waste disposal
Waste refuse
Waste recycling
Issue Date: Aug-2010
Citation: Oelofse, SHH. 2010. National Waste Act – implications for consumers and households. Resource, Vol. 12(3), pp 8-9
Abstract: The long awaited National Environmental Waste Act, Act No 59 of 2008 (RSA, 2008) came into effect on 1 July 2009. Unlike many other South African laws, the Waste Act is intended to effect change in different places and at different levels throughout society, including the way people deal with waste in their own homes. It is necessary that people change the way they manage waste in order to save natural resources and reduce their waste footprint. Many municipalities are running out of landfill airspace while new land for establishment of disposal facilities is scarce and expensive. Municipal waste management services are struggling to keep up with the increasing volumes of waste to be handled while communities are paying the price due to environmental and health impacts of waste. Waste management can no longer be considered to be the sole responsibility of municipalities and industry. Each and every citizen of South Africa has to take responsibility for the waste they generate, from the point of purchase of the consumer good to the point of final disposal of the resulting waste. Waste minimisation, reuse and recycling (including composting) needs to be introduced at all levels of society and become part of everyday life for all. All must lead by example and create a more waste aware society that think before they buy, repair before they replace, reuse what can be safely reused and recycle what is recyclable. In addition, reduction in waste volumes will alleviate the pressure on municipal service delivery and contribute to improved waste management service delivery
Description: This is the author's Pre-Print version. The definitive version is published in the Resources Journal, Vol. 12(3), pp 8-9
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/4346
ISSN: 1680-4902
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