DRAFT NATIONAL NORMS AND STANDARDS FOR ORGANIC WASTE COMPOSTING

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DRAFT NATIONAL NORMS AND STANDARDS FOR ORGANIC WASTE COMPOSTING

Title: Draft National Norms and Standards for Organic Waste Composting
Government Gazette Notice: GN 1135 in GN 42681 of 4 September 2019
Commencing date: Draft for public comment

The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has given notice of her intention to set National Norms and Standards for organic waste composting in terms of section 7(1)(c) and 7(2)(a) read with section 67(1) (f) and 7(6) of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008 (“NEMWA”), as set out in the Schedule to this Notice. For a copy of the Notice click here

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments or inputs to the Minister, within 60 days of publication of this Notice in the Gazette (Tuesday, 5 November 2019), to the following addresses:

By post to:
The Director-General:
Department of Environmental Affairs
Attention: Dr M Tshitangoni
Private Bag X44 7
PRETORIA
0001

By hand at:
Ground floor (Reception), Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Road, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083

By e-mail: MTshitangoni@environment.gov.za

How to ensure compliance at my operation?

These Norms and Standards will apply to organic waste composting facilities that have the capacity to process compostable organic waste, in excess of 10 tonnes per day. Once the Norms and Standards come into such facilities will no longer require as waste management licence in terms of NEMWA, but compliance with these Norms and Standards will be required.

The Norms and Standards, inter alia, includes requirements relating to:

  • obtaining the necessary permissions from the relevant provincial and local authorities;
  • the design and construction of an organic waste composting facility;
  • the operation of the facility;
  • security and access control;
  • training and capacity building;
  • management of emergency situations;
  • monitoring, auditing and reporting; and
  • decommissioning phase.

At the commencement of these Norms and Standards a holder of a waste management licence to conduct organic waste composting will be required to continue with the activity in terms of the conditions of the waste management licence until its expiry, thereafter compliance with the Norms and Standards will be required.

How we can assist?
For more information or assistance please contact Minnette Le Roux at minnette@shangoni.co.za

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