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Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme on Pesticide Sector Drawn Up

April 5, 2022

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

The Draft Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for the Pesticide Sector has been drawn up.

The forestry, fisheries and the environment department published the draft scheme in Government Gazette 46136 for comment.

The proposed scheme flows from the National Environmental Management: Waste Act.

Regulations Regarding Extended Producer Responsibility were published in November 2020.

The Regulations are designed to provide the framework for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of extended producer responsibility schemes by producers in terms of section 18 of the act; ensure the effective and efficient management of the identified end-of-life products and encourage and enable the implementation of the circular economy initiatives.

The draft scheme will apply to pesticides, pesticide co-formulant and related containers.

Producers will be expected to set up procedures, processes and invest resources to implement measures at the post-consumer stage linked to collection, storage and transportation of products; recycling; recovery and treatment.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Other notices include:

• Gazette 46137 – Draft Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for the Portable Battery Sector – comment invited within 30 days of date of publication;
• Gazette 46169 – National Norms and Standards for the Treatment of Organic Waste published for implementation – designed to reduce the amount of organic waste that goes to landfill and to divert waste from landfill to facilities that will treat for beneficial use – also aimed at controlling the processing of organic waste material at specific facilities in order to avoid, prevent or minimise potential negative impacts on the biophysical environment;

Meanwhile, speaking during the 9th People and Parks National Conference at the end of last week, the forestry, fisheries and the environment minister, Barbara Creecy, announced that a Draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity has been approved by MINMEC for tabling in cabinet for approval for public consultation.

The minister also pointed out that consultation on the Draft National Framework on Biodiversity Sector Transformation will get underway at the beginning of the new financial year in 2022.

In a statement, the department indicated that the Conference ended with the “adoption of a declaration to work towards the implementation of more tangible socio-economic benefits for communities”.

Delegates declared that the programme of action or implementation plan for the resolutions of the Conference will be concluded within three months.

The Conference also agreed that a “social compact will be drawn up to strengthen the partnership for a new deal for people and nature; that conditions will be created for the involvement of the private sector through investment in communities’ conservation business; and that opportunities will be created for the expansion of the Programme by supporting corporative governance initiatives”.