Minimising of health risks related to waste tyres

In recent years rodents have become a challenge in certain areas of Johannesburg – particularly in informal settlements and overcrowded buildings in the inner city. The City of Johannesburg has in the last few months introduced some measures to beat the rodent problem through prevention and clean-up operations.

As one approach, owls have been introduced in Johannesburg’s shantytowns as a natural hunter of rats, but what if we could help eliminate the problem at source, by removing the breeding grounds created by waste tyres?

If the rat problem is not controlled, people are at risk of suffering from rat-bite fever as a result. Rat urine is also responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver and kidney damage.

REDISA (the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa) is currently assisting with this challenge by removing tyre waste from the environment – ensuring that the tyres do not end up in landfills or in the veld where the vermin can breed.

From December 2013 – December 2014, 95 499 tonnes of waste tyres in the greater Johannesburg region have been collected, which would have otherwise been perfect breeding grounds for rodents.

REDISA is constantly looking to resolve issues that the public might have regarding stockpiled tyres, and encourages all members of the public who are aware of tyre stockpiles to contact REDISA at

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