INFO: SA GREEN LEGISLATIONS
IMPORTANT ASPECTS TO CONSIDER
On the international front, anti-ecological behavior is strongly discouraged and South Africa’s legislative climate is transforming to embrace the global move towards a decarbonized economy. The year 2019 marked this shift firstly with the implementation of carbon taxes and secondly, the massive shift in South Africa's waste legislation that forbids liquid waste from landfills.
1. Carbon taxes: Since 1 June 2019 government is taxing carbon (source: The Daily Maverick 3 June 2019). The main taxable aspects regarding soil- & water contamination is sources of water pollution (pesticides, artificial fertilizers, acids, etc), waste management (industrials), earth manipulation, and the extraction and use of natural resources.
2. Zero liquid waste to landfill: The South African government has already released (and continues to release) changes to the National Environment Management: Waste Act of 2008. One important development is the ban on all forms of liquid waste, as well as hazardous waste with a calorific value of >20MJ/kg from landfill disposal effective as of 23 August 2019 (source: bizcommunity.com). This ban was enforced by The Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries (DEFF).
These changes in legislation place significant importance on the effective management of waste water and soil pollution. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS - Old term: DWA) is the regulatory body and takes action when the National Water Act is violated. When it comes to water resource management they focus on the sustainable use of water through the protection of the quality of water resources for the benefit of all water users. Therefore, sound disposal of treated waste water into the environment is strictly enforced, and the emphasis on effective reuse (or recycling) is actively promoted.
IN CONCLUSION, the 'legislative climate' clearly predicts that more aggressive enforcement of regulations by authorities in the future, worldwide but specifically for South Africa, is inevitable. Knowing environmental taxation is a key tool used by authorities to drive towards legislation adherence, embracing these regulations with sustainable soil and liquid waste management strategies, should save your company substantial amounts and contribute significantly to secure its future.
Industrial waste water recycling and treatment for compliance with legislation and national policy (DWS | DEFF | The National Water Act)