To encourage businesses that actively support waste utilization and reuse, the EPA focused on plastics in 2019 and did an evaluation of renewable resource utilization, aiming to promote a circular economy. Many excellent examples were used to help other businesses improve technology and enhance reuse of renewable resources. A seminar was held on 31 December 2019 to exchange experiences as well as commend outstanding businesses.
In response to international concern for plastic waste, the EPA carried out an evaluation of plastic waste in 2019. The following were listed as evaluated targets: waste utilization and disposal operators, businesses disposing of regulated recyclable wastes, and reuse operators approved by the EPA. There were seven major areas and 16 detailed indices under three major categories for evaluation, including core, comprehensive, and extra-point indices, while experts and scholars were invited as evaluators who checked submitted data, reviewed documents, and conducted onsite inspections. Three businesses received a twos-tar (excellent) rating, and two a one-star (very good) rating.
All businesses under evaluation had merits of their own. For instance, the two-star Chung King Enterprise Co., Ltd. is the first in Taiwan to recycle, clean, and reuse wafer carriers instead of manufacturing disposable carriers. Chang Chun Group’s artificial resin factory in Hsinchu, which received a one-star rating, turned waste plates used for drilling in manufacturing printed circuit boards into raw materials for phenolic molding powder.
Other commended businesses were those handling waste plastic for common reuse, such as Horng En Plastics (two-star), Fang Tai Plastics (two-star), and Hong Sheng Environmental Technology (one-star). They were chosen for efforts to improve renewable resource quality by setting their own quality control lab, getting verified by a third party, or becoming certified home and abroad. Their performances on localizing manufacturing, research and development of technology, and opening new channels for renewable products earned high praise from evaluation members. The EPA expressed its hope that businesses will continue to properly collect, utilize and reuse wastes generated from the industrial manufacturing process via systematic planning and design. As circular economy and enhancement of resource utilization efficiency is a global trend, all should aim for sustainable and circular use of resources by gradually elevating circular economy values, collaborating among different industries, and sharing environmental resources.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (1)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)