The Industrial Wastes Categorized As Industrial Raw Materials was announced by the EPA on 7 April 2003 and underwent six revisions, the latest of which was announced on 31 March 2018. A total of 15 categories have been announced to date. Due to the recent drastic increase in the amount of imported waste thermoplastics and waste paper, the EPA looked into and analyzed the import conditions, exporting countries, uses, and impacts to and material flows in Taiwan, and considered the burdens and impacts to the environment. It was done before the draft revisions came up, aiming to upgrade import management as well as ensure industrial materials used to meet industries' needs.
Below are focuses of the preannounced revised Industrial Wastes Categorized As Industrial Raw Materials. 1. Waste thermoplastics: Materials imported as scraps or defective products, made of a single material or in a single form, produced from the plastic production processes. Or, if not the above, imported materials made of a single material or in a single form that are used by Taiwan’s enterprises to produce plastic products. Only factories that are registered or eligible for registration waivers according to regulations are to import waste plastic so as to ensure that imported materials are directly sent to industries in Taiwan.
2. Waste paper: Imported material is recycled and properly sorted unbleached paper/cardboard is made into kraft paper or corrugated paper. Or, if not the above, the imported material is other types of paper/cardboard, made of bleached chemical pulp, that are used by enterprises in Taiwan to produce paper/cardboard. Only factories that are registered or eligible for registration waivers according to regulations are to import waste paper, so as to ensure that imported materials are directly sent to industries in Taiwan.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)