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Integrated Pollution & Waste Management

( Article Type: Explanation )


Integrated pollution and waste management is an approach  adopted by government to deal with challenges relating to waste management and pollution.

The National Environmental Management: Waste Act No. 59 of 2008 was promulgated to consolidate previous environmental, pollution and waste management legislation that scattered the responsibility for implementation and enforcement between several departments and institutions. 


Aims of the Environmental Management: Waste 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.