The EPA announced amendments to the Recycling Fee Rates for Recyclables. Fee rates for five recyclable items, including waste computers and liquid-crystal displays (LCD) will be lowered, while the fee rate for waste keyboards will be raised. The changes will take effect on 1 January 2017.
To better reflect the operating costs of e-waste recycling and to maintain the stability of the Resource Recycling Fund, the EPA has conducted a thorough review of the operating costs for recycling and also examined the fund’s finances, the status of recycling practices, and the market values of renewable materials. Consequently, the EPA decided to adjust the fee rates for LCD televisions and some other e-waste items. The adjustments will take effect on 1 January 2017, and more details of the amendments can be viewed on the EPA recycling website at http://recycle.epa.gov.tw.
The formulation of the amendments to the fee rates is in accordance with Article 5 Paragraph 1 of the Regulations Governing the Review of Resource Recycling Fee Rates for Recyclables. The draft of the amendments has been reviewed by the Resource Recycling Fee Rate Review Committee, comprising recycling experts along with representatives from manufacturers, environmental groups, and consumer protection groups.
The main points of the amendments that take effect on 1 January 2017 are:
1) Lower recycling fee rates for waste computers, monitors, printers, portable and tablet computers, and liquid crystals from LCD televisions.
2) Higher recycling fee-rates for waste computer keyboards
The EPA would like to once again remind all organizations that receive subsidies that from 1 January 2017, the fee rates for e-waste will be as stated in the above draft of revisions. More information on resource recycling in general can be obtained by calling 0800-085717 or by visiting the EPA’s resource recycling website at http://recycle.epa.gov.tw.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)