REDISA’s WASTE TYRE PLAN
The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) Waste Tyre Management Plan defines a unique approach to waste stream management that is a world first, developed in South Africa and making the local tyre industry a national and world leader in recycling. REDISA estimates that there are 60 million waste tyres lying in stockpiles countrywide, many of which are illegal and unsafe or simply dumps in the veld. Almost 11 million waste tyres are added to this number every year, and for the better part of a century, no one has been held accountable for this rapidly growing problem.
What is the REDISA Waste Tyre Plan?
The REDISA Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP) was approved by Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, and published in the Government Gazette [No. 35927] in November 2012. It will support and promote tyre recycling, providing the collection and depot infrastructure required to collect waste tyres from across the entire country and deliver them to approved recyclers.
Tyre producers (manufacturers and importers) are charged a waste management fee of R2.30 + VAT on every kilogram of new tyre rubber produced. The funds collected are then applied to developing and supporting the collectors, storage depots, recyclers, and secondary industries that make products from recycler output.
REDISA is – and is required to remain – independent from the tyre industry and from the tyre recycling industry. This avoids conflicts of interest and allows REDISA to make decisions in the interests of the country as a whole, rather than of specific industries or industry participants.