Though there is no clarity on the department of environmental affairs’ long-term plan for waste tyre recycling, the ugly spat between the minister and the body tasked with waste tyre recycling has not, as initially feared, resulted in tottering piles of waste tyres. On June 1, the minister was granted a provisional liquidation order against the Recycling & Economic Development Initiative of SA (Redisa). Management of Redisa is contesting its liquidation. The matter was heard in the Cape high court this month and judgment is awaited. Hedley Judd of the Tyre Dealers & Fitment Centre Association (TDAFA) says waste tyre collection is working reasonably well under Redisa’s liquidators, though there is no indication of what will happen in the longer term.

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