What Are Your Legal Obligations When Generating Waste?

What Are Your Legal Obligations When Generating Waste?

In terms of the Norms and Standards for the Storage of Waste, every waste storage facility that has the capacity to store 80 cubic meters of hazardous waste or 100 cubic meters of general waste must be registered with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

It should be specifically emphasized that the Norms and Standards refer to the capacity of the waste storage facility, and not the actual quantity of waste stored. Storage does not only have to be long-term, and temporary storage (in bins/skips/containers) will also fall under this Regulation.

“Waste” means any substance, material or object, that is unwanted, rejected, abandoned, discarded or disposed of, by the holder of the substance and includes materials like:

  • paper, boxes, plastic, glass;
  • scrap metals;
  • garden and kitchen waste;
  • food, medical and recyclable waste.

The waste facility registration process should be distinguished from an application for a waste management license in that no environmental impact assessment or any scientific environmental tests are required. The registration process involves the compilation of a short application, as per the requirements of the Norms and Standards.  Kindly contact us should you require any assistance in this regard.

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