NO Incineration in South Africa
I have been made aware through groundWork, Friends of the Earth, South Africa, that the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs and Tourism will be deliberating the National Environmental Management: Waste Management Bill.
I congratulate the South African government for taking this step in the right direction to ensure that South African citizens have a right to 'an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being'. We believe, however, that for so long as incineration is contemplated in the Bill, the government will be falling short on this constitutional commitment.
Incineration has been implicated around the world as having a negative effect on the health of those who live and work nearby. In
At present the cement industry is pushing to bum waste as fuel in their plants across
I do not believe that a waste act that allows incineration can properly protect the health of South Africans, and ask you to explicitly prohibit the incineration of any and all waste in the National Environmental Management: Waste Management Bill.