Call for Public Comments

Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI): South Africa is proud to announce that the Draft National Policy for the Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the draft WEEE National Management Policy) has been gazetted for consultation. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE), with guidance from the international and local Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) project team, developed the draft WEEE National Management Policy.

The DFFE hereby invites members of the public to submit written comments on the draft WEEE National Management Policy, published under the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008) on 19 June 2024 by 19 July 2024.

The draft WEEE National Management Policy aims to provide a robust, integrative and comprehensive policy framework. The intention of the Government of the Republic of South Africa is to address WEEE management in a manner that yields a triple-bottom-line benefit.

The Policy has 6 key objectives:

  • To create a level playing field amongst all stakeholders in the South African WEEE recycling chain that offers a value-sharing, environmentally sound and socially equitable and inclusive WEEE management solution
  • To support/acknowledge the necessity for collaborative and partnership approaches that address the inherent complexities of the more extensive system towards sustainable impact economically, socially and environmentally while creating employment opportunities, particularly for the youth and historically disadvantaged.
  • To create a legally compliant, private sector enabling environment that encourages sustainable investment and infrastructure and technology development.
  • To further knowledge, foster awareness, grow skills, and build human capacity to provide the public education and professional expertise required to ensure responsible management of all WEEE in South Africa.
  • To introduce a circular economy-inspired legal and institutional framework for managing WEEE in which the EPR regulations and other relevant legislation, standards and guidelines can be embedded in and harmonised.
  • To support resource mobilisation from the relevant parties to drive the activities outlined in the Policy I&A Plan.

The goal of this Policy is to:

Ensure the efficient, equitable, inclusive, and financially sustainable management of all WEEE that is safe for the environment, protects human health and furthers Circular Economy based social and technical development opportunities in South Africa.

As such, the South African WEEE Policy Goal aligns with the United Nations Agenda 2030 embedded SDGs and targets 3.9, 8.3, 8.8, 11.6, 12.4 and 12.5 as those relate directly to the issues associated with WEEE.

 

Interested parties and stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on this important policy document.

Submission Details:

Comments must be submitted within 30 days from the date of publication of the Government notice (submission to be made until 19 July 2024).

Submission Methods:

1. Via post to:

The Director General: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Attention: Jeremia Sibande
Action Director: Chemicals and Waste Policy and Information Management
Private Bag X447
Pretoria, 0001

2. Via hand:

Ground Floor (Reception), Environment House,
473 Steve Biko Road, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0001

3. Via email:

jsibande@dffe.gov.za

 

Your participation in this process is valuable and will contribute to the development of effective waste management strategies for electrical and electronic equipment in South Africa.

The official notice and gazetted document can be found here.