The Waste Act provides for industry waste management plans (IndWMP) to identify how a specific waste stream will be managed by industry. These plans may be mandatory or voluntary.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs has published a:
Different types of waste may be generated from a variety of sources such as: residential, industrial, commercial, institutional, construction and demolition, municipal services, process (manufacturing, etc.) and agricultural activities.
As defined in the National Environmental Management: Waste Amendment Act (26 of 2014) waste is divided into two classes based on the risk it poses - general waste and hazardous waste.
General waste is waste that does not pose an immediate hazard or threat to health or to the environment, and includes:
building and demolition waste;
inert waste; or
any waste classified as non-hazardous waste in terms of the regulations made under section 69, and includes non-hazardous substances, materials or objects within the business, domestic, inert or building and demolition wastes
Hazardous waste is any waste that contains organic or inorganic elements or compounds that may have a detrimental impact on health and the environment.
(Refer to Hazardous Waste section for more details)
For a detailed list of general and hazardous waste types and definitions refer to:
Annexure 3 of the National Waste Information Regulations
Schedule 3 of the National Environmental Management: Waste Amendment Act (26 of 2014)