So-called cash-for-trash deal won’t go ahead, says minister

Edna Molewa says the apparent offer between KZN & Lebanon will not go ahead under any circumstances.

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says a so-called cash-for-trash offer between KwaZulu-Natal and Lebanon will not go ahead.

According to the Sunday Times, a deal was clinched with Veriworkz in which at least 2.4 million tons of rubbish would be shipped from Lebanon to South Africa next year.

But Molewa says the offer will not go ahead under "any circumstances".

She says the country only has an agreement to import waste if it knows exactly what waste it is.

"Let's make regulations and know ahead of time how we handle these matters of general waste. What if that waste comes with hazardous waste?"

This would be the first time that the country accepted international municipal waste for disposal.

LISTEN: Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa talks about the so-called cash-for-trash offer