Tough legislation boosts the South African hazardous
waste management market
The South African hazardous waste management market is
experiencing rapid growth due to tightening legislation
related to waste collection, transportation and disposal.
Environmental inspectors have been pressuring waste generating
companies to improve their environmental impact management
programs, opening up opportunities for waste management
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, The South African
Hazardous Waste Management Market, finds that the market
reached a peak growth rate of 14.5 percent in 2008; however,
due to the economic slowdown, growth in this market is
expected to decline to around 11 percent in 2009.
“The recent tightening of environmental legislation by
environmental inspectors has been a major driver for
the rapid increase in volumes of hazardous waste emanating
from various industries,” said Frost & Sullivan research
analyst Derrick Chikanga.
Previously, a mere 4.8 percent of the total hazardous
waste material generated in South Africa found its way
to hazardous landfill sites. However, in 2008, some of
the major hazardous waste management companies received
record tonnages, with some treating and disposing of
58 percent more hazardous waste than in 2007.
The power generation industry is becoming a greater source
of waste material as Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s power
utility, has embarked on an expansion drive to increase
generation capacity. During this process, large volumes
of hazardous waste material are likely to be generated
from scrubbed-off gasses.
The market segments covered in this research are mining,
power generation and industrial and metals finishing.
The technologies covered are biological treatment equipment,
physico-chemical treatment equipment and thermal treatment