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National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (No. 59 of 2008).

Type of law


This Act makes provision with respect to measures to improve waste management practices, including: (a) minimizing the consumption of natural resources; (b) prevention and minimizing the generation of waste; (c) reducing, re-using, recycling and recovering waste; (d) treating and safely disposing of waste as a last resort; (e) preventing pollution and ecological degradation; (f) promoting and ensuring the effective delivery of waste services; (g) rehabilitating land where contamination presents, or may present, a significant risk of harm to health or the environment: and (h) achieving integrated waste management reporting and planning.
The Act requires a national waste management strategy for achieving the objects of this Act to be established by the Minister and national norms and standards and waste service standards to be adopted. Local authorities shall also adopt waste management norms and standards. The Act further provides, among other things, for waste collection, licensing of waste management activities, identification and rehabilitation of contaminated land and transport, storage and other handling of hazardous waste.
Chemicals and Waste
Long title of text
An Act to reform the law regulating waste management in order to protect health and the environment by providing reasonable measures for the prevention of pollution and ecological degradation and for securing ecologically sustainable development; to provide for institutional arrangements and planning matters; to provide for national norms and standards for regulating the management of waste by all spheres of government; to provide for specific waste management measures; to provide for the licensing and control of waste management activities; to provide for the remediation of contaminated land; to provide for the national waste information system; to provide for compliance and enforcement; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
Date of text
This Act must be read with the National Environmental Management Act, unless the context of this Act indicates that the National Environmental Management Act does not apply.
Serial Imprint
Government Gazette, No. 31786 of 9 January 2009, pp. 1-14.
Source language


Legislation status
in force
Legislation Amendment
Toolkit legislation
Regulatory Approach
Plastic toolkit tags
Certification, Waste collection, Waste disposal, Waste management, Waste prevention
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