NEMWA has completely changed the way in which waste is handled in South Africa.
The Act promotes the reduction, re-use, recycling or recovery and as a last resort, disposal of waste. This has never been legislated so clearly. Today, what used to be seen as a 'good practice' previously, is now part of formal legislation and therefore, a legal requirement, says the Health&Safety Advisor.
That's why it's crucial that you comply with the Act especially if it applies to directly.
NEMWA applies to you if you tick any of these boxes…
NEMWA applies to companies and persons who:
Basically, it applied to any holder of waste. This means any person who imports, generates, stores, accumulates, transports, processes, treats or exports waste or disposes of waste, must adhere to the following duties…
Here's a checklist of duties of any person who stores waste
Duties of persons who recover, re-use and recycling of waste
Here are examples of how to do this:
Recovery of waste: You can recover used oil from a separation system so that it can be processed and used again.
Re-use of waste: You can reuse chemical by-products (using a by-product from one process to complete another process)
Recycling of waste: You can send steel drums to a recycling facility or return them to the supplier.
Here's a checklist of the duties of persons disposing of waste
Now that you know you've established that NEMWA applies to you, make sure you comply with your responsibilities.