The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa will open the second Waste Management Summit on 31 May 2016. The Department of Environmental Affairs will host the 2nd Annual Waste Management Summit in Umhlanga, Durban from 31 May 2016 - 02 June 2016.
The theme of the conference is "Promoting Innovation and Up scaling Enterprise Development" - Delivering the tools of the trade -. Over 500 delegates including; government officials, industry leaders, waste management officers and other stakeholders will gather for this annual summit. Representatives from the Vaal University of Technology, PETCO, Coca Cola, National Treasury, SALGA, Mpact Recycling are some of the key organisations that will be joining the discussions.
The coming into effect of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008) on 1 July 2009 brought about a significant policy shift for waste management in South Africa. This introduced the waste management hierarchy approach which advocates for waste avoidance, reduction, reuse, recycling, and recovery as priority options before treatment and disposal of waste, as the last resort.
Minister Molewa has also announced plans to approve and begin the implementation of the three prioritised Industry Waste Management Plans (IWMPs), namely for the Paper and Packaging, Electrical and Electronic and Lighting Industries respectively. The announcement was made recently at the Department of Environmental Affairs budget vote.
Source: Department of Environmental Affairs, Republic of South Africa