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Plastics and Packaging Laws in South Africa

1. What is the general legislative framework regulating packaging and plastic waste in your jurisdiction?

The National Environmental Management Waste Act of 2008, as amended in 2014 (Waste Act) is the umbrella legislation for the environment. It is based on the principles and provisions contained in the National Environmental Management Act of 1998 (NEMA).

The purpose of the Waste Act is to provide for national norms and standards for the regulation of the management of waste by all spheres of government, and to provide specific waste management measures. Its inception was in fulfilment of section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996 (Constitution), which provides all citizens with the right to environmental protection and the right to live in an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being.

Source CMS Law

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