Hazardous Waste Disposal in South Africa
Many industrial companies currently manage their hazardous waste by dumping in general waste dumps or even in open ground. This practice is an environmental issue globally as well as in South Africa. Legislation introduced in 2009, is aimed at stopping the incorrect and illegal hazardous waste disposal methods that are currently being used, as well as to build up a database of which waste streams come from where and how big they are.
What is Hazardous Waste?
Waste is defined in the Environment Conservation Act No. 73 of 1989 as all undesirable or superfluous by-products, emissions, residues or remainders of any process or activity, whether gaseous, liquid or solid, or a combination of these. Waste can be divided into two categories, general waste and hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is then further divided into nine different classes based on the type of risk involved.
There are 9 classes of hazardous waste:
Explosives | Gases | Flammable liquids | Flammable solids | Oxidising substances | Organic pesticides | Toxic and infectious substances | Radioactive material | Corrosives | Miscellaneous dangerous substances and goods
South Africa is Serious about Responsible Hazardous Waste Disposal
The National Environmental Management Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59, 2008) has legislated that All industrial companies must use certified waste disposal companies to dispose of their hazardous waste. Certificates and audits proving how the hazardous waste was disposed is a requirement to ensure that you do not fall foul of the act. If you do not comply with the new Act you could face imprisonment and/or fines of up to R10 million!
Use The Old Oil Man for Your Hazardous Waste Disposal
The Old Oil Man is specialised in disposing of used lubricating oils, used hydraulic oils, water contaminated with oils and industrial effluent
The Old Oil Man is a certified ISO 14001 and Section 20 registered waste oil processor and is a founder member of NORA-SA (National Oil Recycling Association of South Africa).