Part 6: Treatment, processing and disposal of waste

26. Prohibition of unauthorised disposal

  1. No person may-
    1. dispose of waste, or knowingly or negligently cause or permit waste to be disposed of, in or on any land, waterbody or at any facility unless the disposal of that waste is authorised by law; or
    2. dispose of waste in a manner that is likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to health and well-being.
  2. Subsection (1) need not be complied with if-
    1. the waste was generated as a result of normal household activities and-
      1. the municipality does not render a waste collection service in that area; and
      2. the most environmentally and economically feasible option for the management of the waste was adopted; or
    2. the disposal of the waste was done to protect human life or as a result of an emergency beyond that person's control.

27. Littering

  1. An owner of privately owned land to which the general public has access, must ensure-
    1. that sufficient containers or places are provided to contain litter that is discarded by the public; and
    2. that the litter is disposed of before it becomes a nuisance, a ground for a complaint or causes a negative impact on the environment.
  2. No person may-
    1. throw, drop, deposit, spill or in any other way discard any litter into or onto any public place, land, vacant erf, stream, watercourse, street or road, or on any place to which the general public has access, except in a container or a place specifically provided for that purpose; or
    2. allow any person under that person's control to do any of the acts contemplated in paragraph (a).