IWMSA President steps down

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pretoria - Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) president, Vincent Charnley, stepped down on Monday until investigations into the illegal dumping of raw medical waste in Welkom were completed.

This, after the Green Scorpions found tons of raw medical waste dumped in and around Welkom in the Free State, during raids this week.

Charnley was implicated in the recent medical waste investigation conducted by the Green Scorpions, IWMSA said in a statement.

"The Wasteman Group has also been suspended by the IWMSA until the investigation by the Green Scorpions has been concluded; this is in line with IWMSA policies and code of ethics."

IWMSA vice President Stan Jewaskiewitz said the Green Scorpions had the institute's support in their investigations.

"We will support them with any assistance that they may require, so that the matter can be resolved speedily and to bring any guilty parties to book.

"We deplore this kind of behaviour and will not tolerate it from any of our members. It is our duty to society to look after and protect them from organisations that will put their health at risk through negligent and criminal behaviour," Jewaskiewitz said.

The IWMSA is a professional, multi disciplinary organisation with voluntary membership established to promote the science and practice of waste management and is a non-profit organisation.