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[greenyes] Somebody in South Africa gets it

South Africa Contemplates Legislation to Reduce Solid Waste

Hoping to stem a rising tide of solid waste, South Africa is introducing a
new tax on consumer goods designed to discourage trash dumping and promote
recycling.  The tax would amount to a compulsory deposit on items ranging
from bottles and cans to car tires and plastic bags.  The deposit could then
be redeemed by taking the item to a recycling center or by returning it for
reuse.  The legislation containing the tax will also transfer control of
landfills from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry to the
Department of Environment Affairs.  The legislation has already been
approved by the cabinet and will be considered by the parliament in the next
two weeks. "This is a very important amendment which brings economic
incentives into the issue of waste," said Chippy Olver, director-general of
the Department of Environment Affairs and Tourism.

straight to the source:  Independent Online, Cape Times, Melanie Gosling, 08
Aug 2003

Patricia Franklin
Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, Ste. 702
Arlington, VA 22209

TEL:   703.276.9800
FAX:   703.276.9587
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