South Africa’s REDISA Implements a Tyre Waste Management Plan

The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (REDISA) Waste Tyre Management Plan has recently been approved by the government in South Africa to address environmental, social and economic impacts of scrap tyres. Through a waste tyre management fee on being charged on manufacturers and importers of tyres of R2.30 + VAT per kilogramme of tyre, the plan aims to subsidise and incentivize the collection and recycling of tyres by attaching a value to their collection that is higher than their current scrap metal value.


The REDISA Waste Tyre Management Plan will establish a network of transporters to collect scrap tyres from the entire country, supply them to recyclers, and provide support and help to develop secondary markets for the recycler’s output products. In doing so, the plan is designed to create jobs, particularly in the informal sector, and create majority black-owned small and micro businesses.

According to REDISA’s website, South Africa produces around 11 million scrap tyres every year which typically end up in landfills, dumped in the veld, or illegally burned for their scrap steel content. Furthermore, REDISA states that an estimated 60 million legacy tyres are lying in stockpiles or scattered across the country in residential, industrial and rural areas.

Hermann Erdmann, REDISA’s CEO, says “What distinguishes the REDISA plan is the golden thread running through it of supporting and growing the informal sector involvement. Waste is the raw material of the future. Waste tyre disposal has traditionally been in Black hands, and now that it is being turned into a more formal industry it must remain so.”

The REDISA model may serve as the basis for other waste streams in South Africa, as a mechanism to attach value to waste so that it reused and recycled where possible – and to strategically plan for waste minimization.

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6 Responses to “South Africa’s REDISA Implements a Tyre Waste Management Plan”

  1. Elsa December 13, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    I like this post, enjoyed this one appreciate it for putting up.

  2. Ike Nkhi October 8, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I wish to collect from the Rustenburg area. Who can I talk to. The informal collectors can be seen all over with card box, plastic and paper. Are they part of the plan and if so what will they earn? I collect card box for end recyclers in Germiston.
    This initiative is mind boggling.

  3. Lebogang Matsetela January 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Tyre recycling is a gud initiative n we will definetly contribute to it!

  4. Wayne Kruger February 14, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    We have been developing furniture from recycled tyres. Check out Retyre Furniture on facebook. We are a small company and are looking to expand and share our knowledge,

  5. Shafali September 19, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Greetings of the day!

    We are looking for a new reliable suppliers of Tyres Scrap.

    We are interested in

    1) Cut into 2 or 3 pcs (Only Big Size\ Truck Tyres)
    2) Bailed Tyres Scrap (Only Big Size\ Truck Tyres)

    Please send me your prices also.

    Looking forward to have your favorable reply by return.
    Thanks & Regards…


  6. Marius November 20, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    Hey guys this has been a brilliant idea and therefor would like to comment and say well done on this idea, please drop me an email, I am interested in a similar idea for my country so we can discuss the way forward.

    Looking forward to here from soon.



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