The story of responsible electronic waste management in South Africa began with the 2008 National Environmental Management Waste Act (NEMWA), introducing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and redefining the roles of producers and importers.
In 2020, a new chapter commenced as the Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) introduced EPR Regulations and the WEEE Notice, emphasising the need for structured waste management practices. These regulations, grounded in the NEMWA, marked a crucial shift toward sustainable electronic waste handling, where stakeholders share accountability.
The year 2021 marked a milestone, as the amended regulations came formally into law. They mandate importers, EEE producers, and agents to register, implement a WEEE EPR Scheme, or join an existing one. This collaborative approach ensures responsible waste management and supports environmental preservation.
Crucially, EPR Schemes require DFFE registration, and compliance with set targets must be reported. Non-compliance carries penalties, underscoring the seriousness of responsible waste handling.
Throughout this journey, entities like ERA serve as guides, ensuring regulation adherence while fostering a culture of sustainability. By sharing methodologies and promoting cooperation, they play a vital role in shaping a greener future for waste management in South Africa.
Visit The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment website to learn more about Section 18 Extended Producer Responsibility Registry: http://sawic.environment.gov.za/epr/
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