National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008)

The Presidency

No. 278, 10 March 2009

It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:-

No. 59 of 2008: National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008

(English text signed by the President.)
(Assented to 6 March 2009.)


To reform the law regulating waste management in order to protect health and the environment by providing reasonable measures for the prevention of pollution and ecological degradation and for securing ecologically sustainable development; to provide for institutional arrangements and planning matters; to provide for national norms and standards for regulating the management of waste by all spheres of government; to provide for specific waste management measures; to provide for the licensing and control of waste management activities; to provide for the remediation of contaminated land; to provide for the national waste information system; to provide for compliance and enforcement; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Published in Government Gazette, Vol. 525, No. 32000, Cape Town, 10 March 2009