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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a short list of questions on all you need to know about the REDISA Plan and its implementation.

What is REDISA?

REDISA is the plan approved by government to manage the recycling of waste tyre in South Africa. There are currently 60 million tyres littering SA, and in 10 years there will be 170 million tyres.

How does the Plan work?

The REDISA Plan aims to remove waste tyres from the South African environment. The basis for this is to subsidise the collection and recycling process by attaching a value to the collecting of waste tyres. Once there is that incentive, individuals and small entrepreneurs will seek out and remove tyres from their community and deliver them to a collection point.

When will the Plan be effective?

Currently depot sites are successfully running in KZN, the Western Cape and Gauteng. The plan will now be rolling out in its entirety and will take five years to be fully up and running.

Why should we (as dealers or end-users) have to pay to recycle tyres?

We’re all happy to use tyres, but don’t give any thought to what happens to them when they reach the end of their useful life. The fact is that old tyres are an environmental disaster because they hang around for decades, clogging up landfills, lying in illegal dumps, harbouring mosquitoes and vermin, or being burned to extract the steel from them. Tyres burned in the townships are a major health hazard to those who live nearby. One way or another, we all pay the price of not disposing of the tyres properly. It’s far better to set up a process where the tyres are properly recycled and in turn, we can recover as much of the tyres’ value as possible.

What are the penalties should a manufacturer or importer not register with REDISA?

It is a criminal offence not to register, with fines up to 3 times the commercial value of anything in respect of which the offense was committed plus up to 10 years in prison, and the company can be stopped from trading in tyres.
Section 28.2 of the plan requires that non-compliant subscribers be reported to the DEA and SARS. SARS has a list of requirements for the import of goods, one of them being a certificate of clearance from REDISA. REDISA will therefore not be in a position to issue such a certificate, hence the items being imported will not be cleared which will have a direct impact on the organisation’s ability to trade.

What is the name of the Act under which the REDISA fee is legislated?

National Environmental Management Waste Act, 2008 read with the Waste Tyre regulations,2009.

What kind of company is REDISA?

REDISA is a non-profit company.

If REDISA is a non-profit company, is it registered?

It is registered with the Registrar of Companies (CIPC). It has lodged its MoI. Provision has been made in the Mol for it to be registered as a non-profit company (NPC) and the registration process is underway.

Who must subscribe?

All manufacturers and importers of tyres and retreadable casings, as well as importers of vehicles and/or equipment fitted with tyres.

Will I get paid for waste tyres?

No. We will pay registered transporters for collecting and delivering waste tyres. The transporters will be only be paid for collecting tyres specifically allocated to them. Later, we will allow delivery of a quota of additional tyres sourced from the community, the veld, or general waste dumps.

I have a few waste tyres. Where can I dump them?

As a member of the public you will be able to drop off small quantities of waste tyres at one of our depots. You will not be paid for them, nor will you be charged a dumping fee.

Why is the fee charged before collections take place?

It takes time and funding to set up a national collection system, the depots and the recycling operations.

The fees paid in the first months will go to establishing the infrastructure to solve the national waste tyre problem. It should be kept in mind that the great majority of tyres being sold initially will not become waste tyres until sometime from now, perhaps years, and tyres that are becoming waste in the early months of the Plan did not have any levies paid on them.

How was the fee of R2.30 per kg reached?

The initial amount was determined using a baseline example of what it would cost to send all the tyres to cement kilns to be used as fuel. This does not mean that REDISA will dispose of all tyres this way, but it was an example used to provide an initial cost estimate.

If the plan is self-sustaining, then why does the fee carry on indefinitely?

REDISA’s goal is to keep the fee as low as possible and aim to reduce it in future years. Any changes in the fee will be justified to the Department of the Environmental Affairs based on actual costs, as verified by the external auditors.

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