The SA Tyre Recycling Project will soon submit legal documents outlining the proposed imposition of a new tyre levy to the competition commission.

The SA Tyre Recycling Project will soon submit legal documents outlining the proposed imposition of a new tyre levy to the competition commission.

The project will facilitate the collection and environmentally friendly disposal of millions of used tyres. The two parties are discussing the terms of the project to determine whether the commission would be satisfied with the proposal.

"We don't believe the commission will have any problem with the proposal but we need to clarify this," Etienne Human, chief executive of the SA Tyre Recycling Project, told .

The Project was preparing the documents required by the competition commission, though Human said it was difficult to predict when the process would be complete.

"Once we get the green light from the commission, the regulations to the Environmental Conservation Act allowing for the imposition of the levy will be published for public comment. We understand that the regulations are ready."

Regulations were required to ensure that tyre dealers and retreaders fed their scrap tyres into the system. Recycling these tyres would also prevent them being resold to unsuspecting buyers and merchants.

Local tyre manufacturers and importers prompted the initiative to address the 9,5 million used tyres that have been disposed of every year for the past 12 years. All of the manufacturers have ISO 1400 certification, which requires them to handle the environmental aspects of their operations, too.