Dates: 13 – 17 May 2013
City: Kwazulu Natal
Country: South Africa
Register/website: Course: Environmental and Integrated Waste Management from a Legal Perspective
SAQA US ID 264458: Explain the regulatory framework for environmental management
NQF Level 5: 8 Credits
SAQA US ID 264461: Demonstrate an understanding of Integrated Waste Management
NQF Level 5: 8 Credits
Purpose of the course
The course will cover waste management and air quality aspects of environmental management, with a particular focus on equipping learners with knowledge of pertinent legislation and bylaws to enable effective application. The learning programme has been specifically designed to clarify and explain simply the legal requirements in a way that will be directly relevant to local government officials, and more specifically the Waste Management Officers, Waste Control Officers and Environmental Management Inspectors who have to ensure compliance in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, the NEM Air Quality Act (Act 39 of 2004) and the new NEM Waste Act (Act 59 of 2008). Other environmental policy and legislation will also be included.
At the completion of this course you will be able to:
- Describe the role of the Constitution in environmental law in South Africa.
- Explain the impact of the National Environmental Management Act in protecting the environment.
- Identify and explain other legislation pertaining to the environment, including the Water Act and the Air Quality Act
- Demonstrate an understanding of waste management
- Explain the regulatory framework governing waste management
- Explain the waste cycle
The learning programme helps learners develop the skills and knowledge needed to perform a supervisory role effectively and with confidence. Learning sessions are interactive and outcomes based and take place in a relaxed and enabling environment. Emphasis is on “learning by doing” and the programme includes a field trip to a local landfill site where learners conduct their own inspection as part of their assessment activities.
1. Background, environmental issues and trends in waste management
2. Legislation relevant to environment, including Constitution and Bill of Rights, IWM and air quality
3. Legislation relevant at a municipal level, bylaws.
4. Waste minimisation (reduce,reuse,recycle)
5. Waste storage and transport
6. Operation of waste treatment facilities (including potential health and environmental hazards)
7. Operation of waste disposal facilities
8. Environmental monitoring and compliance
9. Environmental auditing