The Current Status for Bulk Waste Recycling and Reuse (巨大廢棄物回收再利用現況)line分享列印本頁
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A. Introduction

Bulk waste items include discarded furniture(sofas, beds, tables/desks and chairs, cabinets/wardrobes, and garden trimmings).In the past, there was a lack of proper recycling and reuse system in Taiwan, and they were often disposed of by incineration or landfill. Some bulk wastes may still be reused after minor repairs; even if beyond repairs, useful resources such as plastics, metals or wood may still be recovered after they are broken up for recycling. Such a recycling activity will be able to reduce the generation and treatment of bulk waste, reduce resource consumption, lessen environmental burdens, and help achieve Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration's policy of "Full Sorted Collection and Zero Waste", and thus create a sustainable resource utilization society.

B. Current Status

n 2015, 63,578 tonnes of bulk waste is recycled in Taiwan, resulting in a 43.50% recycled/collected ratio. EPA statistics show that in 2015, 146,196 tonnes of bulk waste were collected, which took up 2.0 weight percent of all household waste and average 400 tonnes per day. Of the bulk waste collected, 54.07% is waste furniture, 35.20% being waste wood, and the rest contains some useable plastics and metals.The amounts of bulk waste recycled for previous years aer listed in Table below:

The amounts of bulk waste recycled for previous years aer listed
Fiscal Year Total
(tonne)
Recycle and reuse
(tonne)
Incineration
(tonne)
Landfill
(tonne)

2005

235,554

29,575

144,214

61,765

2006

192,571

28,646

126,871

37,054

2007

181,795

31,230

126,072

24,494

2008

163,224

44,466

105,799

12,959

2009

147,790

65,473

70,192

12,125

2010

159,665

80,217

70,044

9,404

2011

140,882

80,326

56,619

3,937

2012

136,248

88,983

45,142

2,123

2013

130,851

84,011

44,674

2,166

2014

120,476

65,837

52,918

1,721

2015

147,072

63,352

75,598

7,941

Besides open display of the repaired furniture and bicycles, the environmental protection bureaus of the local governments have also conducted unscheduled auctions to expand their market. In addition, the Taipei City Government has set up dedicated websites for such merchandizes, and posted the photos of such goods on the websites to facilitate the buyers’ selection. In cities like Taichung and Tainan, the venues and displays for such recycled resources have been carefully designed to create their own characteristics, and have been frequented and treated by the residents as local attractions.

C. Expected Benefits

In the past, bulk waste was either burned in the incinerators or sent to the landfills, which is both environmentally unfriendly and uneconomical. After EPA's introduction of bulk waste recycling program, repaired furniture and bicycles are offered to the public, waste wooden materials are ground up and used in the kitchen waste composting process, and the huge amount of water-damaged furniture and fallen trees generated after natural disasters are properly disposed of..

Source:
Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)
Updated:
2018-07-04
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