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Together with SINTEF (Norway) and Environmental Science Associate (South Africa) COWI assisted the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) in South Africa in developing a new high temperature policy on waste.
Increasing amounts of wastesSouth Africa has an intensive, growing industrial and manufacturing economy resulting in increasing generation of general and hazardous wastes at an estimated rate of 2-3% annually. The disposal of general and hazardous waste at landfills is the primary option for waste management in the country.
Thermal waste treatment options provide limited opportunities for waste management. Only few commercial and site specific hazardous waste incinerators exist, and these are used for treatment of specific waste streams.
Similarly, the co-processing of waste as AFR in cement production is currently practiced on a limited scale.
Best environmental practiceThe objective of the project was to establish a policy for environmentally sound management of general and hazardous waste in South Africa. This would be accomplished by integrating sufficient range of complementary waste management options in line with internationally accepted principles of best environmental practice.
The scope of the new policy was to deal with the incineration of waste in dedicated facilities, as well as the co-processing of selected wastes as alternative fuels and/or raw materials (AFR) in cement production. The policy does not cover health care risk waste, its management or the treatment thereof.
New national policyAs a result of this project a new national policy on thermal treatment of general and hazardous waste in South Africa was adopted on 24 July 2009.
COWI and the project team prepared the following technical reports that served as basis for the policy:
Torben KristiansenVice President Waste and Contaminated SitesTel: +45 56 40 21 email@example.com
June 2007 to April 2008
Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa