Environmental Legislations

South Africa’s National Environmental Management


WASTE Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008)


  • 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

For other relevant environmental legislation: Department of Environmental Affairs – Policy and Legislation section. www.environment.gov.za

NEMA – Waste Act – No. 634, 635, 636 Waste Classification, Landfill Regulations 23 August 2013)

NEMA – Waste Act – No. 625 Waste Information Regulations 13 Aug 2012