Waste management Permits

This article is a brief summary of the Provincial Gazetter Extraordinary, 30 July 2013


Council is going to be mentioned a few times to follow, this is to clarify who the council is. they are the metropolitan municipality of the City of Johannesburg. A structure or person exercising a power delegated in these By-laws or carrying out an instruction.
For the full definitions refer below.

Main objects

The main objects of these By-Laws are to ensure that waste is avoided or wherer it cannot be avoided to be minimised, re-used, recycled, recovered adn disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. Regulations of the collection, transportation, storage, disposal, treatment and recycling of waste set out by the Council is adhered to. All municipal residnets and businesses in the Council's jurisdiction promote and practice the correct waste management processes.

Obligations of generator or holders of waste

Waste generators of waste holders must manage their waste so that it does not endager individuals or animals health or the environment; nor should the individual create nuisance. They should ensure cleaniness and hygiene standards.

Any waste generators or holders or persons who undertake a waste management activity is required to provide information to facilitate effective waste management, gather information and undertake strategic planning regarding the delivery of the municipal service. Assessing waste minimisation to prepare its integrated waste management plan fulfilling the Council's internal and external waste management reporting requirements. Identifying specific data collection methods and equipment for the purposes of collecting waste mananagement information.

Integrated waste Management plans

The council may require present or future generators of waste or holders of waste to prepare integrated waste management plans.

Contents of the integrated management plans

Assessment of the quality and type of waste to be produced or existing.
A description of the waste managment service the generator will require.
Full details of the site/s or area/s where waste is generated, stored, treated or disposed of.
Identify how the generator plans to separate recyclable and non-recyclable material.
Waste minimisation and pollution prevention practices and plans.
The methods of disposal or treating of waste
A reporting plan on the implementation of the integrated waste management plan.
Details of the person responsible.
Any further information in writing required by the Council.

Event Waste

A venue owner or organiser should contact an accredited service provider to manage the waste situation at the event. They too need to organsie an event waste management plan and the minimum content of the plan submitted to the Council or authorised official, at least 30 days before the desired date of the event.

According to the Provincial Gazette - 30 July 2013 it is an offence to host or organise an event without a certified waste management plan. If in the case that 30 days prior to the event, no word back the plan should be deemed approved.

Refundable Deposit

A refundable deposit is required by the host or organiser of the event. The amount is determined by the Council / authorised official. The formula used would include the costs of cleaning-up and disposal of the waste after the event.

Five days before the event is required for the deposit recieving the deposti is a matter of providing proof that the waste management plan was adhered to as well as prooving accredited service providers were used to collect and dispose of the waste.

Within 90 days, if the despost is not reclaimed it shall be forefeited to the Council. No interest is accumulated on the deposit amount. Accouding to the Gazette it is an offence not to pay the refundable deposit.

Recovery of clean up costs

In the case of inadequate means to clean the waste after the event the host, venue owner or organiser is liable for the full cost of collection, clean-up, recycling and disposal of the generated waste, this will be conducted by the Council. The costs incured will be deducted from the initial deposit.

Building waste - New and Demolished buildings.

A site developement plan is put forward to the Council for approval. The individual submitting the plan should include a building waste managemet plan detailing the manner in which all forms of waste during the construction will be managed, treated, collected, transported and disposed of. Proof of an accredited service provider is required.

The building waste plan would need approval from the Council before the site developement can take place. If after one month after the submission and no comments are recieved on the plan, it will be deemed approved.

Refundable Deposit

The land owner or developer is required to pay a refundable deposit set by the Council based on the cost of cleaning-up and in the event the building management plan is not been complied with.

The deposit can be refunded if the land owner or developer requests it and they adhered to the building management plan. If the deposit is not claimed after 24 months the owner or developer forfeits the amount which is then claimed by the Council. No interest is accumulated on the initial amount.

Generation and management of building waste.

All who produce building waste must ensure that any additions or alterations to be made without provisions or potential waste. Recycleable and non-recyclable waste should be separated. In the case of non-recyclable material, it should be treated and disposed of in an environmentally stable manner.

Any waste produced as well as the containers for storage, collection or disposal should be kept on the premises. In the case of the waste being blown off, it should be retrieved. The waste should have a container of some sort to keep the waste contained if the Council advices the owner or developer to special instruction it is important to adhere to it.

Storage of building waste

No person may place or store building waste on the sidewalk or pavement unless its in an organised container or skip. Storage of construction material to be used does not apply.

Every receptacle for the storage / removal of building waste must be clearly be marked with the name, address and contact details of the person in control of the receptacle.

Safety elements such as reflective chevrons or reflectors needs to be on the front and back. The receptacle needs to be covered so no displacement of contents can occur.

Collection and disposal of building waste.

An accredited service provider needs to be used to collect and transport the waste. All building waste needs to be disposed of at an ap

propriately licensed waste disposal facility, unless written consent is expressed by the Council for the purpose of land reclamation.

Other exception is the building waste will be re-used recycled or treated by an accredited service provider or waste treatment facility.

Hazardous and health care risk waste.

Any person who will carry on an activity which will generate hazardous or health care risk waste needs to prepare an integrated waste management plan. The plan must set out waht provisions are made for managing storing, treating, collecting, transporting and disposing of hazardous waste.

A copy of a valid public health permit is included if the activity will generate hazardous or health related risks. The permit is listed in schedule 1 to the Council's Public health By-laws. Proof of an accredited service provider needs be supplied.

The plan must include the details mentioned above in the integrated waste management plan. An analysis of the composition of the waste concerned needs to be present as well as certification of the analysis by a qualified chemist if required by the Council.

If the waste is being generated as a result of activities which commenced prior to these By-laws; an integrated waste management plan still needs to be submitted 180 daysfor approval before commencement.

Teh plan needs to be renewed and updated regularly as determined by the Council. It is an offence to carry on any activities which generates hazardous or health risks without an approved waste management plan.

Storage of hazardous / health care risk waste

The waste generated needs to be kept and sotred thereon until it is collected from the premises. The storage of such waste shuld not create nuisance or cause harm to human health or the environment. Teh storage facilities should be in accordance with the requirements of any applicable legislation relating to buildings.

If you are storing hazardous waste, steps should be takend to ensure the containers in which the waste is stored is intact, not corroded or in anyway rendered unfit to fulfill the requirements. Accidental spillage or leaking has to be rectified immediately. Any waste cannot be blown off or washed away. Nusiances such as odors, visual impacts