Incinerators Turning Waste into Energy Exceed Expectations


In addition to the Excellence Award given to the two aforementioned incineration plants, the Outstanding Award was given to eight incineration plants located in: Keelung City; Bali in New Taipei City; Yongkang in Tainan City; Letzer in Yilan County; Houli and Wuri in Taichung City; Taoyuan City; and Mucha in Taipei City. Five incineration plants were conferred the Special Award for their achievements in 2017. Recipients included plants in Chiayi City, Beitou in Taipei City, Hsinchu City, Southern District and Renwu in Kaohsiung City.

All of the 24 operational incineration plants nationwide have made considerable efforts to properly dispose of 6.267 million metric tons of household trash and industrial waste. Incineration plants generated 3.188 billion kWh, of which 2.496 billion kWh were sold (roughly enough electricity to supply 700,000 households with electricity for one year). The plants generated NT$4.33 billion in revenue. Electricity generated from incinerating one metric ton of garbage and the electricity sold produced new record highs, at 509 kWh and 398 kWh on average, respectively.

Efforts to prevent air pollution were also successful in 2017, with the average emissions of nitrogen oxide down to 85.3 ppm (limit value is 180 ppm) and hydrogen chloride reduced to 12.8 ppm (limit value is 40 ppm).

The EPA noted that the Executive Yuan has approved central and local governments to invest NT$15.342 billion to upgrade old incineration plants and diversify waste disposal methods. Priority has been given to building waste disposal facilities in counties and cities that do not have their own incineration plants, so as to reduce their reliance on other municipalities for waste disposal.

Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)
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