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WASTE Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008)

uploaded on 01 June 2009

Waste in South Africa is currently governed by means of a number of pieces of legislation, including:

  • The South African Constitution (Act 108 of 1996)

  • Hazardous Substances Act (Act 5 of 1973)

  • Health Act (Act 63 of 1977)

  • Environment Conservation Act (Act 73 of 1989)

  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993)

  • National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998)

  • The National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998)

  • Municipal Structures Act (Act 117 of 1998)

  • Municipal Systems Act (Act 32 of 2000)

  • Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (Act 28 of 2002)

  • Air Quality Act (Act 39 of 2004)

  • National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act 59 of 2008)

The President of the Republic of South Africa signed The National Environmental Management: Waste Bill into an Act of Parliament in March 2009, The Act took effect from 01 July 2009. It is the intention of this Act to address the current fragmentation in waste legislation in South Africa.


Copies of legislation mentioned above, can be sourced from

Starter Documents (NWMS)
Thermal Treatment Policy Documents
Waste Regulations
Waste Legislation
Waste Policies
National Norms and Standards