Comment Sought on Waste Information Regulations

Department of Environmental Affairs

The National Waste Information Regulations will not apply to residue stockpiles or residue deposits.

The proposed amendment to the regulations was published in Government Gazette 41760 for comment.

The Draft National Waste Information Regulations were drawn up in terms of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act of 2008.

New definitions on “transporter of waste for gain” and “vehicle registration certificate” are proposed.

A "transporter of waste for gain means a person who is in the business of transporting waste and receives an income for provision of such services, including waste that is transported as an ancillary activity to primary business activities, excluding when the transportation is done by a
municipality.”

The draft amendments also propose that information held in the South African Waste Information System (SAWIS) about a registered person can only be accessed by other registered persons.

Registered transporters of waste for gain will have 30 days from the date of registration to add the details of the vehicle to be used on the SAWIS in order to receive a vehicle registration certificate valid for three years.

Registered transporters will also have 30 days from the date of changes to update the system on the changes.

Industry associations will also be expected to submit annual information within 60 days of the end of a calendar year.

New annexures on the list of persons conducting listed activities to register on the SAWIS, reporting requirements, general waste types for reporting to SAWIS, hazardous waste types for reporting to the SAWIS and waste management methods are also in the offing.

Comment on the draft amendments are invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Sabinet Cape Town Office