To continue expanding international partnerships in recycling and strengthening cooperative relations with other countries targeted in the New Southbound Policy, the EPA held the “Get in the Loop: from Recycling to Circularity” on 22-23 and 28-29 October 2020. There were over 20 participants from the representative offices of Australia, Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Thailand. The purpose of the event was to stimulate international exchange, promote Taiwan’s technology and experience in recycling, and achieve the goal of environmental sustainability.
Taiwan is a small but densely populated country. Hence, finding places for landfills and waste treatment can be difficult with Taiwan's limited space. The EPA launched the Four-in-one Resource Recycling Plan in 1997 as an effort to develop Taiwan’s recycling system. The plan has created business opportunities that generate tens of billions of New Taiwan Dollars every year and tens of thousands of jobs. After years of implementation, Taiwan’s success in utilizing the Recycling Fund for subsidies has made Taiwan one of the world’s leading countries in recycling.
The EPA explained that waste is a misplaced resource. The recycling industry in Taiwan has performed remarkably and is capable of transforming the typical waste recycling pattern by developing unique applications, opening a new world for waste treatment. For example, Taiwan has used waste glass for road construction in the past, which is an example of resource recovery. However, we are seeing some startup companies turning waste glass into artworks, which give it even more added value.
This event gave Taiwan a platform to share its experiences and technology with more countries and to carry out UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 by establishing partnerships. The most important purpose of the event was to show the world that “Taiwan can help” and that Taiwan is more than willing to provide its resource recycling technologies to countries in need. Through promoting regional cooperation, the EPA aims to gain more business and collaboration opportunities in the future and accomplish more fruitful results.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (11)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)