As you are aware, on the 5th November 2020, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) published Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations for the Electronic and Electric (WEEE) sectors. This regulation has significant ramifications for all Producers, Distributors, and Retailers.
Extended Producer Responsibility applies to the following identified products or class of products:
Large equipment (any external dimension more than 100cm)
Medium equipment ( any external dimension between 50 and 100cm)
Small equipment (no external dimension more than 50 cm)
Develop and submit an extended producer responsibility scheme according to the Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations 2020
Establish a producer responsibility organisation that must develop and submit an extended producer responsibility scheme according to Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations 2020 to the Department.
Reclaimers want Formal Recognition from Government
Health-e reports: \”The thousands of reclaimers who work across South Africa are credited with removing 80%-90% of the post-consumer products from urban and suburban spaces, yet they are still not recognised as formal employees by government.
An estimated 85 000 recyclers or waste pickers operate in South Africa, cleaning urban and suburban spaces, and research by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research shows they remove 80%-90% of the post-consumer products that are thrown away by society.
Members of the African Reclaimers Organisation in Johannesburg recently made the decision to call themselves “reclaimers” instead of “waste-pickers” or “waste recyclers”, as they are commonly referred to. They say that this is because they do not pick waste, they pick items of value and they reclaim what society has thrown away.\” Read more here.
Charges laid againstUPL Limited
Criminal charges have been laid against the Mumbai-based agrochemical giant UPL Limited (formerly known as United Phosphorus Limited) in the aftermath of the arson attack on its pesticide and other toxic farm chemicals warehouse in Cornubia, Durban, on 12 July.
Criminal case number CAS 06/09/2021 has been registered at the Verulam police station against UPL for “environmental pollution”, Dr Zakhele Dlamini, a senior official of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) told the KZN legislature’s portfolio committee on environmental affairs on Thursday. The Daily Maverick has more.
SPAR’s Plans to Go Green
Retail group SPAR has announced new sustainability goals, which will introduce several green initiatives over the next four years.
Sustainable packaging has been rolled out for certain the group’s in-house ‘own brand’ products, in line with a short-term focus on the 10 categories that deliver 80% of the group’s house brands.
“The two-litre milk cartons used for extra shelf-life milk are 100% recyclable and made from 87% renewably sourced material,” it said. “The reverse of the pack also includes information about a circular economy and how shoppers can assist with recycling.”
SPAR has also committed to having 100% of plastic packaging which is reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025. BusinessTech has more.
Incremental shifts to the way things currently work won\’t work. The circular economy is a much bigger idea than recycling better or making things less bad, it\’s about interconnected solutions that meet interconnected challenges, and it\’s happening today driving innovation at speed and scale.
The EPR Regulation (R.1184) requires that existing producers must register with DFFE within six months of the amended regulations as published on 5 May 21.
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