(1) On 9 April, the EPA Operating Guidelines for the Promotion of the Label for Products Made of Recycled Marine Waste was announced. It specifies matters related to the application, review, and management of recycled marine waste products. The main items on application documents are verification statements and verification reports issued by verification agencies, to verify that the waste used to make the products is sourced from coastal or marine environments. The right to use the label is granted once applications meet the regulations specified in the Operating Guidelines and pass reviews. It is hoped that enterprises identify themselves with the concept of marine waste reduction and recycling and apply for the label for their products out of corporate social responsibility. Public support is also needed to demonstrate Taiwan’s determination to protect the oceans.
(2) To monitor the implementation of “cleaning, sorting and stacking” of waste tableware in desert stations and fast food areas set up in the temples along the Mazu pilgrimage route, personnel were sent to Taichung City, Changhua County, Yunlin County, and Chiayi County to gain an understanding of the collection and clearance mechanism of lunch box waste generated from the pilgrimage, and to timely remind local environmental agencies to carry out lunch box clearance tasks.
Along the Mazu pilgrimage route, EPA personnel were sent to Taichung City, Changhua County, Yunlin County, and Chiayi County. The personnel monitored implementation of “cleaning, sorting and stacking” of waste tableware in snack stations and fast food areas set up in the temples to gain a better picture of the collection and clearance mechanisms for lunch box waste generated during the pilgrimage. They also gave timely reminders to local environmental agencies to carry out lunch box clearance tasks. It was verified that all relevant counties and cities had set up recycling stations and related sorting facilities at appropriate locations along the pilgrimage route, and that disposable tableware, paper containers, food waste, recyclables, and general waste were sorted and recycled properly.
(3) On 27 April, a press conference was held on the win-win situation achieved by LCD glass and electroplating industries through the use of water resource recycling and the application of nanoporous glass materials. The conference shared information on technology that converts the glass in LCD monitors, which was previously disposed, into high-quality nanoporous adsorption material, a process that can treat massive amounts of electroplating wastewater produced by the electroplating industry. Resource recycling and reuse were emphasized, and electroplating enterprises were encouraged to adopt this technology so as to create multiple types of value jointly with a circular economy.
(4) On 29 April, local environmental agencies and waste processors were issued and notified of the Evaluation Plan for Recycling Enterprises Handling Regulated Recyclable Waste. The onsite evaluation was scheduled to be conducted at the plants of recycling enterprises between June and September 2021. Model enterprises will be selected onsite by evaluation committee members to encourage enterprises in other counties and cities to emulate and for peers to learn from, promoting the further improvement of the recycling industry.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, Apr 2021
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)